First it was firewood, now food? Times must be
tougher than most of us think.
A Naples woman posted notice on Facebook this
morning warning residents to lock up
their freezers ... hers is on her enclosed
porch, she wrote, and she's had food stolen
three times in the past two weeks.
"If you live in the Naples area, or just about
anywhere I guess, and you happen to have your
freezers where someone can get to them, there is
someone going around stealing food," she wrote.
Earlier this month, News Bonners Ferry reported
on the theft of firewood from a local family,
also in the Naples area. Despite all the
assistance the people of Boundary County go out
of their way to provide, it appears that not
everyone in the county are willing to ask for or
accept the generosity of the community,
preferring just to take what they need instead.
"I have kept my freezers right outside the front
door on my enclosed porch for 42 years," wrote
B.J. Roop. "You can bet anyone tries it again
they are going to be met with a face full of
sorry! I know times are hard, and I know if
someone had asked me for help and food, I would
have given it with a heart full of compassion."
She first noticed that some frozen food was
missing about two weeks ago, she said, but
"figured with all the grandkids I probably just
used it and didn't remember."
Then last Thursday, she went out to get a
chicken, and they were all gone.
"Then I knew something was happening," she said,
"so I took an inventory of what I had."
This morning, she went out to get a roast ...
and all her beef was missing, along with bread,
more frozen fruit and milk.
"We checked for tracks, but with all the traffic
around our front door and porch we couldn't tell
anything," she said. She did report the theft to
the sheriff's office.
Those honestly needing help in Boundary County
have none to blame but themselves if they are
going without when times get hard. There are
people to turn to here, seven days a week,
around the clock.
The Bonners Ferry Community Action Partnership
is available during regular business hours, and
the staff and volunteers will go out of their
way to provide emergency food and assistance to
see folks through. They can be reached at (208)
A lot of folks don't realize it, but the
Boundary County Sheriff's Office, manned at all
hours, isn't just a place to report bad guys, a
fire or an accident.
They are also there to help those in need,
whether you're a resident or if you're just
passing through and run into trouble.
They have a long list of resources they can call
on; The Boundary County Ministerial Society, the
Red Cross, Community Action Partnership and
more, to help you get through and back on your
You can always reach them at (208) 267-3151,
It's always much better to call and ask for help
when you need it, because if you're caught
taking matters, and other people's property,
into your own hands, you'll get
assistance you didn't bargain for as a paying
guest of the Boundary County Jail.
You can use the same number if you have any
information on who might be responsible.