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Backpacks, groceries, clothing stolen from Detroit center

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Officials at a Detroit community center say thieves have stolen dozens of backpacks filled with school supplies for students in need.

The Detroit News reports thieves used a hammer to break a lock on an armored door and kicked in another to get the supplies late Tuesday or early Wednesday at Detroiters Helping Each Other. They stole 75 filled backpacks and 46 to be filled with crayons, markers and other supplies.

Center founder Jessica Ramirez says they also stole clothing, groceries, hygiene products in care packages and items used to serve food to the homeless.

Ramirez says she feels "violated" but grateful for the community response. Hardware stores have donated temporary locks to help secure doors and others have provided replacement knapsacks and other goods, but more is needed.

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