Thieves hit Joplin disaster recovery center

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 | 8:47 a.m. CDT; updated 10:37 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 11, 2011

JOPLIN — The directors of a Joplin disaster resource center said rumors that the center is closing are not true.

Someone has been distributing a flier saying the Joplin Family Worship Center's Disaster Resource Center is closing.

Spokesman Lowell Lane said the flier also incorrectly tells people that they should help themselves to its supplies.

Lane said the bogus fliers might be connected to a theft at the center. He said that on Thursday night someone took large quantities of packaged food and drink items and 40 to 50 boxes of clothes. He said he suspects the items will be resold.

Joplin police are investigating the thefts.

The Joplin Globe reported that the center has helped more than 21,000 people since the May 22 tornado.

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