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Yet another break in at Agape House food bank in Hermiston

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HERMISTON, Ore. -- The Agape House has been helping feed and clothe people in need bear the Hermiston area for 27-years. "Last year, we gave away $1,250,000 worth of food through this building," said the Executive Director of the food bank, David Hughes. Hughes says The Agate House provides food, clothing and fire wood for roughly 4,000 people each month.

But early Friday morning, Hermiston police say 33 year old Charles Coolie tried to break in and steal soda cans from the food bank. Police arrested Coolie and charged him with Criminal Trespass and Attempted Theft in the third degree. Hughes said there have been at least a dozen break-ins in the last two years. Everything from car break in, to people siphoning gasoline from their cars.

"We serve unconditionally.All you had to do was say I need help, and if could have provided it, we would have been happy to help, it hurts, " Hughes said.

Earlier this month, Hermiston Police arrested 41 year old Terrance Seibel. Hughes said Seibel has hit them up several times, and even stole two chainsaws they use to cut fire wood, each one worth a $1,000.

Now, Hughes says they are going to invest about $10,000 in security measure to prevent break-ins. "They're basically robbing from other poor people in the community because we have to use resources to replace those items and therefore cannot offer as much help as we should," Hughes said.

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