Wagswoofs – According to Fox 5 Washington D.C., officers in Washington D.C. have apprehended a suspect in connection with the recovery of a stolen truck from the Salvation Army, which is responsible for providing hot meals to those in need.
Late on Saturday, the “Grate Patrol Canteen” organization reported the theft of their hot meal service, which caters to hundreds of individuals in need every night in D.C.
According to a representative from the Salvation Army, the Grate Patrol Canteen is an essential community resource that operates throughout the year. In addition to their holiday assistance programs, the Salvation Army relies heavily on this service.
According to the organization, this mobile service has been operating for almost four decades, serving meals every night except for January 6th due to safety concerns.
The police were actively searching for the stolen truck while the Salvation Army stepped in to help by using a minivan to deliver meals to those in need. Unfortunately, due to limited resources, they were only able to provide cold meals during this time.
“We are deeply saddened by the fact that someone would reach a point where they felt compelled to engage in such actions,” expressed Major Todd Mason of the Salvation Army. “Nevertheless, it is crucial for us to uphold hope and bring joy to those in need. Whether it’s through our Angel Tree program during the Christmas season or our efforts to replace our Grate Patrol vehicle in order to provide meals each evening, we are committed to fostering a spirit of hope and joy.”
Fox 5 reported that a truck was spotted by a viewer in front of a Marriott Hotel. The viewer confirmed that the license plate on the truck matched the one that the police had been searching for.
According to a police spokesperson, a person of interest has been taken into custody and is facing charges of receiving stolen goods.