A homeless transient was jailed after living for more than a week inside the Tri-Cities Food Bank, eating food, taking cash and using a computer to look at Facebook, said police.
Anthony Eisele, 36, was arrested Monday night inside the food bank on West Deschutes Avenue after an employee noticed someone closed the blinds in her office, said Kennewick police Sgt. Mike Genack.
The woman suspected someone was inside the building and called police at 8:20 p.m. Officers found Eisele walking around inside, said Genack.
The food bank was broken into on Jan. 10 and the same employee noticed her blinds had been closed, said John Neil, executive director of the food bank.
Police said Eisele stole keys to the building and was using it as a shelter, even making a bed out of cardboard. He told police he had been staying at the food bank off and on since then.
Employees were confused after the first break-in because there were no broken windows or pried open doors, Neil told the Herald.
Police believe Eisele may have hidden out in the building and waited for employees to leave.
“There was a cash box missing too,” Neil said. “The most it ever has it $50 in it. It had $25 in it which is no big deal. We knew someone had been inside.”
Police believe Eisele was eating food stored in the building because wrappers were found and using a computer, Genack said.
There was no damage to the building, officials said.
Eisele was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of burglary.
Neil said he doesn’t recognize Eisele and employees don’t think he was a client of the Kennewick branch.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if when he gets out of jail he would come to us at some point,” Neil said. “We would be happy to help him out in anyway we can.”
The Tri-Cities Food Bank — which has locations in Kennewick, Richland and Benton City — is serving more people than ever, Neil said.
To donate to the food banks stop by any of the three locations or call 943-2795.