UC Irvine grocery and toiletries pantry collapsed

A pantry for groceries and toiletries at UC Irvine was hit by a burglary on Saturday, authorities said.

The incident at the Fresh Basic Needs Hub at 4079 Mesa Road happened around 7 a.m. when the pantry was closed, according to the UC Irvine Police Department.

The pantry at the end of Lot 5 in the Anteater Community Resource Center provides emergency food and toiletries for UCI students in need.

According to the surveillance video, the burglar was a white man with a beard, black clothes and a black hat, the police said.

The pantry posted on Facebook on Saturday that an investigation will continue on Monday to see if items have been damaged or stolen. Police said Saturday it was not known how the burglar got into the pantry.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the UCI Police Department at (949) 824-5223.

Daily pilots contributed to this report.

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