updated 9/11/2006 9:45:20 PM ET 2006-09-12T01:45:20

A thief with a taste for pork put a damper on a fund-raiser for scholarships by making off with nearly 350 pounds of porkburgers and hot dogs, police said.

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Cromwell Town Marshal Rich Snyder said the 300 pounds of porkburgers and 48 pounds of hot dogs were taken either late Saturday or early Sunday from the Cromwell Community Center's walk-in freezer in the town about 35 miles northwest of Fort Wayne.

The theft was discovered Sunday morning when members of the Cromwell-Kimmell Lions Club went to pick up the meat. The group had planned to sell porkburgers and hot dogs Sunday at the Stone's Trace festival to raise money for scholarships for West Noble High School students.

Snyder said Monday that an investigation is under way into the burglary but that there were no suspects yet in the heist.

Lions Club members were able to borrow some porkburgers from the Ligonier Lions and operated their festival food stand on Sunday.

But a club member said the stolen meat will have a negative impact on the amount of money raised for the scholarship fund during the two-day festival.

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