The theft of a truck is impacting beyond just a simple stolen vehicle. It also means the disappearance of a load of food for a local food pantry.
Investigators with the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office telling WATE 6 On Your Side that Pastor David May’s truck was stolen around 8:30 Tuesday morning at a Pilot gas station on Chapman Highway.
There is surveillance video showing the suspect and what investigators believe to be the car the suspect was sitting in before the theft.
Investigators ask people to be on the lookout for a gray 2007 Chevy Colorado, Tennessee tag 249GZX. If you recognize the suspect in the surveillance video or have seen the truck, call SCSO at (865) 428-1899.
Since starting five years ago, The LORD’s Child food pantry has fed hundreds of families. Twice a week Pastor May picks up the food those families take home.
“That truck might be titled in my name, that’s God’s truck,” the pastor told WATE 6 On Your Side.
This Tuesday Pastor May says he had stopped by area grocery stores to get donations, “My entire truck was full. I had bread racks that were stacked up, probably six high.”
Pastor May says on his way to Second Harvest Food Bank, he made a stop at the Pilot gas station on Chapman Highway in Seymour. He says he left the car running and was inside no more than three minutes.
“They were waiting. They could see that my truck was running and there in 30 seconds, they were gone,” added Pastor May.
In some ways the truck is a lifeline to the community and so Pastor May says he worried about feeding the hungry.
“How am I going to get the food to feed these people who are dependant on me tomorrow to feed them?”
Despite concerns, a car was rented and shelves were stocked so that The LORD’s Child could be open on Wednesday.
“I felt sorrow for the people that did that. That they would be in such a situation that they felt like that was their only option was to steal from someone else,” added Pastor May.
He believes whoever got in and drove off, didn’t know what they were taking.
“God’s work will never be halted. His will – will be done,” Pastor May said. “The world may have other ideas. So what someone intended for bad, the Lord will turn into good.”
We’re told Pastor May’s truck only had liability insurance coverage.
To help him continue this food ministry, loved ones created a GoFundMe account so he could purchase a new truck to haul donations. If you would like to contribute, you can click here.
Some states, including Tennessee, have laws on the books banning you from leaving your car unattended while running.
Across the country, the National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that 1 in every 8 vehicles stolen in 2015 had the keys or a keyfob left inside.