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Recap: Four Young Neighbors Facing Charges in Food Pantry Burglary
Posted on: 07/08/2013
By  Mike Cullums
 
Four fourth suspects - three of them adults - were arrested over the past 11 days in connection with the June 20 breaking and entering at the Gospel Mission Food Pantry at 309 Lancaster Street.
 
The theft outraged, then united the community.  

A person told Marietta Police that 28-year-old William Mitchell of 516 Smith Street - a house behind the pantry - was observed entering the pantry on the night of the burglary.
 
During interviews with police last week, he allegedly admitted to taking part in the haul of thousands of dollars worth of food to an apartment on Gilman Avenue. Mitchell was charged with theft, obstructing official business and failure to report a crime. He's in the Washington County Jail.  
 
A 16-year-old juvenile was arrested as well.     

The stolen food and sundries were returned to the pantry, but most of the stolen food was disposed of because pantry officials were concerned the individuals who stole could have altered or contaminated it.
 
Nonetheless, a June 22 food drive by the Oak Grove volunteer fire department resulted in the delivery of two truckloads of food to restock the facility.
 
In addition, the Gospel Mission Food Pantry has received several thousand dollars in additional donations since the break-in.
 
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