Thieves steal catalysts from non-profit cathedral kitchen delivery carts in Camden – CBS Philly

CAMDEN, NJ (CBS) – A non-profit organization in South Jersey is trying to save Thanksgiving for thousands of people. The cathedral’s kitchen in Camden, the catalysts got stolen from two of their vans overnight.

It’s the sound no car owner wants to hear – the revs of an exhaust system that got its catalytic converter stolen. But that’s the reality Cathedral Cathedral in Camden is facing the day before Thanksgiving.

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“I don’t think the people who did it really knew what they were doing and what kind of impact it would have on society,” said chef LeBaron Harvey.

The nonprofit is the largest emergency relief provider in Camden. Each year, they serve over 100,000 meals and service every shelter and halfway house in town. But to do that, they need their vans.

Now two of the vans are out of order due to stolen catalysts.

“Someone came around 1 a.m. after driving around the property, climbing over the fence and cutting out the catalysts on two of our vehicles,” said Cathedral Kitchen CEO Carrie Kitchen-Santiago.

The theft was captured on camera. Just after noon. 1 a man is seen walking behind the building after being dropped off by a bright vehicle.

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So, an hour later at 01.56, the person is seen assembling the sawn-off catalysts and running off. They then drive off in what appears to be the same vehicle.

Cathedral Kitchen has other vans to make many of these deliveries, but their operations will have to shift and they are also out of thousands of dollars for the repairs.

That’s what the CEO has to say to the thieves.

“We probably help people they know – family, friends in the community. And when they do, they make it harder for us to do it,” Kitchen-Santiago said.

They estimate that the cost of repairing the vans is $ 3,500 per. vehicle. And due to supply chain problems, they may have to go without them through the Christmas holidays.

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“A lot of the people I know personally get their meals here every day. Without Cathedral Kitchen, a lot of people would be hungry,” Harvey said.

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