UPDATE: According to Fox Crossing Police, two men were taken into custody Friday evening and police have been rounding up diapers through the weekend.
NBC26 will have more details as they become available.
100,000 diapers for low-income families were stolen from the Fox Cities Diaper Bank earlier this year, according to United Way Fox Cities.
An estimated $45,000 in donated disposable diapers were taken from a warehouse on Valley Road in Fox Crossing sometime between January 3rd and February 13th.
The Fox Cities Diaper Bank is an initiative of United Way Fox Cities. All diapers and money donated go towards serving hundreds of low-income families in the Fox Valley.
Fox Crossing Police say this case poses challenges.
They say moving more than 1,700 cases of diapers is a daunting task, but without any surveillance cameras in the area, finding any leads will be difficult.
"First of all, we were very surprised, and shocked," says Nanci Micke, V.P. of marketing and communications for United Way Fox Cities, "and, of course, it makes you sad to think that diapers that were donated to help these little babies are no longer there."
Micke says the diaper bank serves 875 families each month, all thanks to donations from "churches, civic groups, many corporations that run diaper drives for us."
She says this theft is upsetting, but she's staying hopeful.
"We've gotten lots of good messages from folks," says Micke, "and people that are willing to donate."
A silver lining: Micke says the theft is raising awareness of the diaper bank's mission, "and the need in the community."
NBC26 is holding a diaper drive to help replace the 100,000 diapers stolen from the United Way Fox Cities.
Join us on Monday at Festival Foods in De Pere from 5:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M., and help us fill a semi truck with disposable diapers.
Bring a donation, and meet our team!