Harry Chapin Food Bank truck stolen in Fort Myers

A photo of the truck stolen late Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, from behind the Harry Chapin Food Bank, 3760 Fowler Street,  Fort Myers. The 24-foot box truck is responsible for moving 60,000 pounds of donated food each day, said Joyce Jacobs, associate director for the food bank. It's one of 13 in the food bank's fleet, all of which are refrigerated.

Photo by Harry Chapin Food Bank

A photo of the truck stolen late Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, from behind the Harry Chapin Food Bank, 3760 Fowler Street, Fort Myers. The 24-foot box truck is responsible for moving 60,000 pounds of donated food each day, said Joyce Jacobs, associate director for the food bank. It's one of 13 in the food bank's fleet, all of which are refrigerated.

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— A local food bank is asking for help in finding a stolen 24-foot box truck responsible for moving 60,000 pounds of donated food each day.

Joyce Jacobs, associate director for the Harry Chapin Food Bank, said the truck was likely stolen Wednesday night from the parking lot behind the bank, 3760 Fowler Street.

The truck is one of 13 in the food bank’s fleet, all of which are refrigerated. Jacobs said the food bank transports more than 12 million pounds of food each year, and even one missing truck will affect operations.

“For today, they just rescheduled for tomorrow,” Jacobs said Thursday. She added that finding a refrigerated truck to rent would be difficult.

The stolen truck is worth about $35,000. A new truck of the same type would cost about $90,000, Jacobs said. The food bank would have to raise money to purchase a new truck and continue serving its more than 186 partner agencies in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties.

The truck is a 2005 International box truck with license plate X2358B and an identification number 413 printed on the front and rear fender area. The side of the truck reads “Harry Chapin Foodbank of Southwest Florida.”

“We just hope for the best,” Jacobs said. “With the need being so incredibly high right now, it’s important to have all the cogs on the wheel turning.”

The Fort Myers Police Department has registered the truck as stolen in a statewide database. If caught, charges for any suspects could include theft of a motor vehicle.

There was another incident at the food bank this summer, according to this police report when on Aug. 10, an unknown subject or subjects attempted to steal the same truck.

About $410 in damage was done to the truck when its passenger side vent window was broken that night. The passenger door keyhole was tampered with, along with the stereo’s faceplate, which the subjects likely tried to steal according to the police report.

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