British Columbia

Trashed Surrey NightShift van leaves outreach organization limping

An outreach organization in Surrey says its unmarked van was stolen and damaged this week and has left the organization unable to provide all its services.

Surrey group that helps vulnerable people discouraged by theft and damage to service van

Surrey outreach organization NightShift Street Ministries lost its cargo van to thieves and got it back, but not intact. (NightShift Street Ministries)

An outreach organization in Surrey says one of its vans was stolen and damaged this week, leaving the organization "limping."

NightShift Street Ministries serves hot meals and distributes clothing and blankets daily to vulnerable people in Whalley, a part of Surrey B.C.

Mary Anne "Mac" Connor says without the 2004 White Ford E-350 cargo van, "we are going to limp" because it's used every day to pick up and distribute food, clothing, and other items.

"Part of me was angry and sad that someone would take advantage of an organization that helps thousands and thousands of people," said Connor.

"The first day of the New Year was get our essential vehicle broken into? Just give your head a shake!"

"The first day of the New Year was get our essential vehicle broken into?" said Mary Anne "Mac" Connor. "Just give your head a shake!" (Nightshift Ministries/Facebook)

The truck was parked in South Surrey and stolen overnight on New Year's Eve.

Police found the vehicle but it had been broken into and the ignition, steering column and door locks were damaged.

Connor is not sure it can be driven again.

The van will be towed to Langley B.C. and checked for fingerprints by police, before it is released.


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