Food bank back in business after losing 1,500 lbs of food

8:21 AM, Sep 19, 2007   |    comments
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Just one day after his food bank delivery truck was stolen out of a parking lot, Sim Torrez is back to doing what he loves.

"I really enjoy the job, I get to meet a lot of people," he said.   

Torrez has worked for the Food Bank of the Rockies for nearly 7 years, and he says he has never experienced anything like this. 

"I didn't know how to react," Torrez said when he realized his truck was gone Monday afternoon.

The truck was clearly marked with the food bank's logo, so Denver Police say the thief knew what they were taking.

It happened at a Pizza Hut near the intersection of Federal and Mississippi in Denver.

Torrez was at the Pizza Hut to pick up pizzas he would then distribute to families in need. He left the keys under the driver's seat while he quickly went in the back door of the restaurant.

During the time he was inside, someone took the truck.

Kevin Seggelke, the CEO of the Food Bank of the Rockies, said, "We just couldn't believe something like this would happen."

Police were able to recover the vehicle. It was damaged, and all the food inside had to be thrown away. 

"In the grand scheme of 20 million pounds, 1,500 isn't a lot but to us any meal lost is tragic,' said Seggelke.  

Torrez hopes to get caught up with his delieveries in the next couple of days. Now he says anytime he's away from the truck, he doesn't leave anything behind.

"Hidden or not, I'm taking my cell phone, keys, everything," he said.

On Tuesday, 9Cares Colorado Shares donated $4,000 to the Food Bank of the Rockies to help replenish the stolen food. Click here for more information.

Visit www.FoodBankRockies.org for more information on the non-profit and for ways that you can donate food.

Anyone with any information on the theft is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). Tipsters could be eligible for a cash reward.

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