Tire Thieves Strand Local Food Bank

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second-harvest-tiresRIVERSIDE, Calif. (KTLA) — The largest food bank in the Inland Empire has been the target of thieves.

Second Harvest, which serves 400 nonprofit agencies that feed 400,000 people every month, announced Monday that thieves had stolen the tires from six of the charity’s eight delivery trucks.

A worker discovered the crime around 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Police say thieves cut the valve stems, deflated the tires, then used soap and water to slip them off the rims.

The loss of the tires, with an estimated value of about $10,000, rendered the food bank’s fleet useless.

But when officials at Walmart heard about their plight they offered to replace all the tires.

Walmart supplies hundreds of thousands of pounds of food annually to Second Harvest.

For more information on Second Harvest: http://www.secondharvest.us/


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  • GhostofReportingPast

    This is a perfect example of burying the lead. "Kennedy Ryan," please go back to Journalism 101. This has to be one of the poorest examples of writing for online content I've ever seen in "30 years of L.A. reporting."

  • Someone in Chicago

    Someone steals from a food bank and all you care about is how the story was written? Get a life. Better yet, get a conscience!

    • GhostofReportingPast

      It isn't that someone stole tires from a food bank…it's that a major corporation stepped up and replaced those tires. It isn't that 400,000 people didn't get fed, it's that those needy people got their food because generosity of others. It's isn't about a theft, it's about a gift. So, it does matter how a story is written…because the way this story was presented diminished the action by a much maligned corporation. It's called a lack of balanced journalism. But being from Chicago…you wouldn't know anything about that.

      • Eric Budd

        If you are going to be a grammar Nazi perhaps you should edit yourself. Only one period is needed at the end of a sentence… And, after using the period the next word should be a capitol letter.

        • GhostofReportingPast

          Actually, it's a syntax Nazi although I can be a grammar Nazi. An ellipsis, indicated by three periods (…), has several uses. The ellipsis calls for a slight pause in speech or any form of text, and can be used to suggest a tense or awkward momentary silence. So, it gives me great pleasure to indicate you are…wrong.

  • SRT

    I love Walmart. I get everything I need there. Yep, down with Calif's liberal pukes too.
    I drive a delivery truck as well, and yes, tires can start about $300-$500 each on trucks too. To ripoff a food bank, is just a senseless, ugly act.

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