burglary at Beaverton’s St Cecilia Church; Groceries, van stolen

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Beaverton Police are searching for suspects after people broke into St Cecilia’s Church on Sunday night and stole a van that was being used for food supplies.

Church members were stunned. They try to provide food to those in need, and the loss of their one big truck hurts not only them but everyone they serve.

St. Vincent de Paul operates a food pickup service outside of St. Cecilia. The church distributes groceries to local pantries in the Beaverton area, like Unity Church, just up the road.

“We’ve been blessed—and it’s our job to pass it on to someone else,” said Pantry Director Gail Key-Benson.

Key-Benson is dependent on St Cecilia for food deliveries and was dismayed when the truck failed to arrive as usual on Tuesday morning.

“Unfortunately, when people came today and wanted fresh fruit and vegetables, I didn’t have very many,” Key-Benson said.

Beaverton Police say burglars broke into St Cecilia’s pantry on Sunday night and stole groceries and the church’s large yellow van, which delivers groceries to tens of thousands of families in the community each year.

“You don’t realize the great gift of generosity until you have it,” Key-Benson said.

In the meantime, the church has hired a van to try to make ends meet, but finding their stolen truck would be a dream come true.

Although there are no suspicious descriptions at this time, based on church surveillance video, they believe two people broke in.

If you see the yellow panel van with the St Vincent de Paul logo on the side, take pictures and report it to Beaverton Police and give case number 22-0240340.

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