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Thieves target BBQ pit used for charity fundraisers

Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Stolen BBQ pit used for charity fundraisers

The BBQ pit stolen from Melange Catering was used for charity fundraisers and nonprofit groups

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Thieves have put a fundraiser for a cancer non-profit in jeopardy.

Surveillance video shows thieves stealing a barbeque pit from Melange Catering at their property in the Heights Sunday afternoon. The whole heist took less than two minutes in broad daylight.

The company says the $10,000 pit would be used to cook food for fundraisers, including one for BTHO Melanoma -- an organization aimed at preventing skin cancer.

"It's unbelievable. It looks calculated. It looks like someone planned really well to have all the tools," said Harold Kelly with Melange Catering. "This neighborhood is very quiet on the weekends. Someone had to be planning this for a little bit."

They hope to recover the pit in time for the November event.

Anyone who may have seen something is asked to call police or call the company at 713-869-0066.

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