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Beef bandit: 180 kilograms of ground meat stolen from food bank in Edson, Alta.

EDSON, Alta. — Police have charged a man after $3,100 worth of goods, including 180 kilograms of ground beef — were stolen from a food bank in western Alberta.

RCMP say the thief also caused more than $700 in damage at the Edson Food Bank on the weekend. 

Some of the stolen items were thrown away nearby.

Matthew Guthrie is charged with break and enter, theft, mischief and possession of stolen property.

Guthrie, who is 19, has been released from custody and is to appear in court on April 7.

Panic-buying by shoppers in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to empty grocery store shelves and a lack of toilet paper in some areas. (CTV Edmonton, The Canadian Press)

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 18, 2020

The Canadian Press