- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2020

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Thieves broke into a warehouse and stole cleaning and hygiene items intended for the needy, the leader of an outreach ministry said.

The Rev. Rodney Coles of the Churches Outreach Network in Greenville said someone pried open a metal door that had been dead-bolted shut on Saturday and took cleaning supplies as well as toilet paper the ministry had purchased utilizing donations from the community, news sources report.

Coles says the items were to be boxed along with other goods collected by the ministry and distributed to needy families at a local church next month. The items were valued in excess of $6,900.

The ministry still plans to distribute 1,000 boxes of items to people in need every Tuesday throughout the summer months. The next distribution was planned for Tuesday.

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