It’s 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.
It’s been quite a turnaround
from a disheartening loss as thieves stole all the food and sundries early Thursday morning…to 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 Friday’s 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 Lent’s apartment at 328½ Gilman Avenue, a short distance from the food pantry at 309 Lancaster Street.
Lent reportedy received help from the pantry in the past.