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Theft Turns Into Blessing for Food Pantry
Posted on: 07/01/2013
By  Mike Cullums
 
Itís often said that God works in mysterious ways, and that may be said of recent events at the Gospel Mission Food Pantry, located in the Harmar Community Center.
 
Itís been quite a turnaround from a disheartening loss as thieves stole all the food and sundries early Thursday morningÖto the outpouring of community support for the pantry in the hours and days since.
 
As of Sunday, not only had the stolen supplies been returned by Marietta Police to where they belong, but thousands of dollars in food and cash donations had poured in from community members in response to the theft.
 
The police investigation into the burglary continues. Another arrest was made on Saturday, as 18-year-old Eric Sciance was charged with felony complicity to commit breaking and entering. That follows Fridayís arrest of 26-year-old Christopher Lent. The two Marietta residents face an initial appearance in Municipal Court today. More arrests are expected in the near future. The Ohio BCI is assisting city police in the investigation.
 
The stolen food and other items were recovered from Lentís apartment at 328Ĺ Gilman Avenue, a short distance from the food pantry at 309 Lancaster Street.
 
Lent reportedy received help from the pantry in the past.
 
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