Thieves broke into a warehouse on Albemarle Avenue overnight Saturday and stole cleaning and hygiene supplies that were to be donated to the needy.
The incident occurred at a space utilized by Churches Outreach Network at 713 Albemarle Ave. in west Greenville, said the Rev. Rodney Coles. He discovered the theft about 12:30 p.m.
Someone pried open a metal door that had been dead-bolted shut. Inside were cleaning supplies as well as toilet paper the ministry had purchased utilizing donations from the community, Coles said.
The items were to be boxed along with other goods collected by the ministry and distributed to needy families at the First Presbyterian Church next month, Coles said.
The Greenville Police Department responded to the incident and was at this scene on Monday afternoon.
The supplies were brought to the building on May 8, Coles said. They included 40 cases of Spic and Span valued at $1,680; 30 cases of ammonia valued at $1,350; 30 cases of Clorox valued at $1,350; two cases of masks and gloves valued at $1,200 and 40 cases of toilet tissue valued at $1,400. The value of all the items together totaled $6,980.
First Presbyterian Church, 1400 S. Elm St., Greenville, will accept donations from 10 a.m. to noon and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday to help replace the supplies. Monetary donations can be sent to Churches Outreach Network, P.O. Box 31045, Greenville, NC, 27858.