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Grass Valley mobile dental clinic for under-served students and adults burglarized
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Thieves made off with thousands of dollars of dental equipment and tools from a mobile dental clinic in Grass Valley that's helped hundreds of under-served schoolkids.

Drawer after drawer inside a mobile dental clinic for Sierra Family Medical Clinic is now empty. The van used for the Healthy Smiles program was ransacked.The burglary was discovered Wednesday.

Virtually everything is now gone.

"All gloves, toothbrush, toothpaste, needles, anesthetics," Elyssa Farabee, a dental assistant at the clinic, said.

Someone pried the front door open to the mobile clinic parked in the Salvation Army Parking Lot on Alta Street.

The clinic travels between schools to serve many lower-income students. It also serves needy adults in Nevada County,

"When you see what was done, it's devastating. I cannot believe someone would do something like that. It's heartbreaking," Farabee said.

"Our computer with dental software is gone," Dr. Kirsten Valentine said.

Because of spring break and other scheduling issues, the van hadn't been used for a few weeks.

"It's really sad. We're just trying to help those who don't have access to dental care," Farabee said.

Valentine and Farabee say virtually all of the tools they had to work with were donated. The goal now: to rebuild and to start over.

"It's gonna take a while. Just really unfortunate," Farabee said.

Anyone who wants to help or donate items to help restock the mobile dental unit can call the Sierra Family Medical Clinic at (530) 292-3478.


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