ATLANTIC CITY — Sister Jean’s Kitchen opened its doors one day this week only to find several pounds of fish, pork and chicken missing from its freezers.
A burglary was reported at 7 a.m. Wednesday at the nonprofit that feeds the homeless, hungry, impoverished and people in need, said Executive Director the Rev. John Scotland.
Atlantic City police are investigating the incident that occurred overnight Tuesday, Sgt. Kevin Fair said.
“We’ve never had a problem,” Scotland said Friday. “We’re anxious to get to a new place that has better security.”
The kitchen, which currently sits in the Presbyterian Church at Pennsylvania and Pacific avenues, has had structural issues, officials have said.
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The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority announced in June that Sister Jean’s would be moving to the site of the closed St. Monica’s Catholic Church.
Scotland said they think the suspect or suspects in the burglary were on foot, because they are also missing two shopping carts that were stored in the kitchen. Scotland estimated they were missing about 300 pounds of food.
The doors were locked, and suspects appeared to have broken into the building with tools. Locks were broken, freezers and storage containers were damaged and some windows were boarded up after the burglary.
The burglary didn’t cause a shortage for the kitchen, though, Chef Frank McKay said.
“We were open,” McKay said. “You’ve got to be able to improvise.”
Fair said the investigation is ongoing. Anyone who saw suspicious activity or has additional information about the burglary can call the Criminal Investigations Section at 609-347-5766 or anonymously text information to tip411 (847411), beginning the text with ACPD.