Minnie's Food Pantry Truck Stolen Over Easter Weekend Located by NBC 5 Viewer

The 2012 Chevrolet Express G3500 stolen from the property at approximately 7:15 a.m. on Saturday was recovered on Tuesday afternoon.

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A Minnie’s Food Pantry box truck was stolen over Easter weekend in Plano.

Tuesday, an NBC 5 viewer spotted the truck in a parking lot in Plano, according to MInnie's Food Pantry Founder Cheryl Jackson.

According to Jackson, staff members realized that one of their trucks was missing when they returned to the office on Monday to resume services after the holiday weekend.

Security camera footage showed that the 2012 Chevrolet Express G3500 was stolen from the property at approximately 7:15 a.m. on Saturday.

“We closed this weekend to give our staff the opportunity to spend time with their families and get some well-deserved rest after working 7 days a week through the COVID-19 pandemic only to come back into work and find out one of our vehicles were stolen," Cheryl Jackson, founder of Minnie's Food Pantry, said. "It is extremely devastating when you are trying to help the community and put meals on the table for thousands of families to come back to work and realize one of your trucks are gone, as we use it daily to pick up food from our grocery partners.”

Minnie's Food Pantry said the missing vehicle affects the organization's ability to pick up from partnering locations and impacts the amount of food the organization is able to rescue. 

Jackson said the truck would have been used to deliver meals to 90 senior citizens this week.

"I immediately started thinking about the people that rely on this truck because it wasn't just a truck. That's what I need the person to understand," Jackson said. "It was a community truck."

Jackson said the person who located the vehicle said he saw the story on NBC 5. Police said they were looking into whether security cameras at a nearby hotel recorded the suspect parking the vehicle.

The truck was returned to Jackson on Tuesday afternoon with minor damage, she said.

Police continue to investigate.

NBC 5's Meredith Yeomans contributed to this report.

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