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TUCSON, Ariz. Operators of food bank in southern Arizona say four of their live chickens were stolen from their coops.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that the thief cut through a double-fence and left with four of the six Rhode Island hens from Nuestra Tierra Demonstration and Market Garden in Tucson.

Staffers didn't file a crime report.

The chickens were used at the demonstration garden to teach people how to raise egg-laying hens.

The hens were donated to the food bank in February and their eggs were sold at the organization's farmers market.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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