Even though it could be hard to get groceries when the lines are long and the shelves are empty, it's even harder for the food banks in our province to cope. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, someone stole hundreds of pounds of beef from a food bank in Edmonton. Luckily, RCMP caught their suspect but they're now looking for potential accomplices.

The "hamburglar" broke into the Edson Food Bank overnight between Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14. Over 400 pounds of ground beef was cleaned out.

Along with a few other food items stolen, the total goods cost over $3,100. On top of that, damages from the break-in total over $700.

Fortunately, just days later, after analyzing evidence and videos taken from nearby businesses, police were able to find the suspect.

19-year-old Matthew Guthrie was charged with counts of break and enter into a business, as well as the theft, mischief, and possession of stolen property under $5,000.

He'll be in court on Tuesday, April 7.

While they caught the criminal here, it doesn't exactly make up for the stolen food at a time when hoarding and panic-buying in Albertan stores caused food stocks to sometimes run short.

Police are hard at work trying to find others involved in the theft. If you have any information about the crime, call Edson RCMP at 780-723-8822.

After the theft, the local community jumped to support their food bank. On their Facebook Page, the food bank said people came from all over to donate.

Posts described people dropping off truckloads of food. One gang from Edmonton even arrived with four trucks loaded with supplies.

Officials from neighbouring areas joined in to help, including Edson's mayor Kevin Zahara. They slipped on face masks and gloves, and got to work sorting through the newly arrived goods.

Later, Tourmaline Oil in Edson also chipped in with a hefty $10,000 donation to the food bank.

Sadly, this wasn't the only food bank theft that happened in Alberta; some Edmonton food banks recently reported parts being stolen from their trucks.

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