SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – Someone stole hundreds of pipes from a group to help Asian seniors protect themselves from the recent surge in anti-Asian crime.

Dozens of volunteers were busy putting them together across San Francisco.

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The organizers left some boxes outside a house in the sunset so people could pick up some of the pipes and put them together, but someone mopped them up. 700 were taken, the group tells ABC7 News.

Those behind the project are disappointed.

“We were sad because people wanted to help the church and wanted to help our elders feel safe and then that someone would come by during the day and just steal pipes that would be of no use to them anyway other than having an additional 700 pipes heartbreaking “said co-organizer Denise Bethel.

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