Temecula police confirmed Friday that Western Eagle Foundation, a Temecula nonprofit organization that operates a bargain store in order to offer low-cost food boxes to the region’s less fortunate, has allegedly been the target of a recent break-in and grand theft.The following is a statement issued by Western Eagle in response to the incidents:
Over the past few weeks, Western Eagle Foundation, a nonprofit organization located in Temecula, has experienced two break-ins that caused their Bargain Store to lose valuable furniture and home items. The break-ins happened on a Thursday and Saturday, with the robberies happening at night. The suspect could not be identified by cameras around the building, and therefore has not been identified. It is believed to be the same suspect in both robberies.
CEO of Western Eagle Foundation Todd Sieja states, “It is very upsetting that we would have break-ins because our number one goal is to serve the community. By offering affordable furniture, food, home décor items, clothing and more, we are helping families who cannot afford to pay for these items at full price. Also, because we are not run solely by donations, most everything is purchased by the organization, making it really difficult when we get hit with burglaries.”
Western Eagle Foundation was started 20 years ago and has continued to serve the people of Southern California who are in need of good quality, affordable food. What started out as a food bank expanded into a Bargain Store that offers various home improvement items, personal care items as well as food.
“Not only do we sell food boxes, and have even teamed up with GoldenShare Foods to provide delicious food at a low cost, but over time we have turned into a Bargain Store that allows us to sell discounted items for the home as well as items for personal use. These items are purchased by Western Eagle Foundation and are sold at a discounted rate, so most of the items we sell are brand new. With the break-ins we’ve had recently, we are unable to service as many families as we would like, which is really a shame.”
If anyone knows any details or helpful information regarding the crimes, please contact Western Eagle Foundation. For those looking to help Western Eagle Foundation through these setbacks, the organization accepts private donations. The Bargain Store is located at 40940 County Center Dr., Temecula, CA 92591. Any queries can be referred to Joni by calling (951) 695-7206.