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Diapers stolen in burglary at Fairfield pregnancy center

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From page A3 | December 05, 2013 | 10 Comments

FAIRFIELD — At least $500 worth of diapers that were to be donated to mothers were stolen from a shed at the Alpha Pregnancy Resource Center in Fairfield, the executive director said Tuesday.

Diedre Eckle said a couple of diapers were found by the gate after the Nov. 20 burglary and it’s possible the thief may have fled out of fear of being caught.

Cathy Blank, director of client services at the pregnancy resource center, discovered the door to the shed kicked off its hinges and the diapers missing.

“It kind of breaks your heart,” she said.

Some people have donated diapers since the theft, Eckle said.

“It’s great to see the community rally around us, just like they did Mission Solano,” she said.

Mission Solano reported a Nov. 17 break-in at the food pantry and the theft of the turkeys collected for holiday distribution.

People wanting to assist the pregnancy center can call 449-8996 or drop off donations at the Fairfield site, 1044 Empire St., Eckle said. Whoever stole the diapers may have returned them to stores for credit, she said.

Pro-life Christians opened the center in 1986. Eckle said diapers, along with baby formula, are items in demand for new mothers.

“It is one of the first things we always run out of,” she said.

The Fairfield Police Department said Wednesday that a report was filed about the burglary. No new information is available, police said.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or rmccarthy@dailyrepublic.net.

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  • S KDecember 04, 2013 - 6:37 am

    Are you kidding me, the theft of DIAPERS??? Now that IS LOW. That is one CRAPPY CRIME :-)

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  • skeptic scroogeDecember 05, 2013 - 4:14 am

    Monkey see, Monkey do! They saw the support after MS had their Turkeys "stolen". Every mother knows it is nearly impossible to return diapers to ANYWHERE, even with a receipt Walmart won't give store credit, only an exchange for a different size or brand of diaper. If the theft was legit, then the center would implement a policy of immediately cutting off the upc bar code to prevent returns. They shouldn't be handing out free diapers with a upc intact anyway. I am sure the mothers receiving the diapers would never try to return them rather than diaper the baby, but a friend or household member would be less likely to abuse the system without a bar code. Before everyone starts hating, just know that a homeless person didn't steal all those diapers or Turkeys, where they gonna put em? Oh, maybe thats why there's 35 shopping carts on Alaska! Bwah ha ha... But seriously, I wonder what evidence they have in these two cases, any finger prints or local business surveillance cams? The police have tons of videos around town, if they dont have any leads, maybe it's because there was no crime?? Not an accusation, just a lil too coincidental to me. I also realize the police have bigger things to worry about than turkey thefts. If I stole a bunch of diapers, I would sell them to secondhand stores that sell diapers, like teeny tots on Texas St, or try to liquidate them on craigslist. Walmart would want an id for any return without a receipt over ten or twenty dollars, and each id only gets 3 returns a year. But, if you could wrangle Walmart into actuallt giving store credit for the diapers, you could return them one package at a time without a receipt, without id, because their diapers sell just under $10 a pack. Target requires id no matter what, even for $4.

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  • Blanca BotwinDecember 05, 2013 - 5:05 am

    @Skeptic Scrooge-You know what? I never thought of it the way you are, but it makes sense, and makes me feel a lot better about the situation. I found it suspect when MS had all those turkeys stolen. Here's another incident I found suspect. When IPADS were stolen from Sam Yeto Continuation School....THREE TIMES! First they were stolen, then replaced. Then they were stolen and replaced again. Third time the custodian was "taped to the desk", and the IPADS were stolen again. A continuation school with Ipads instead of books?!?! When VV Christian HS started using Ipads, I thought "Well the parents pay enough tuition for the children to attend, Ipads may be included in the tuition", But Ipads at a continuation school? Oh yeah, that's a wonderful idea. How many times do they need to be stolen, before that school catches a clue? Oh, now the students get to take the Ipads home, and "be responsible for them." Now this has nothing to do with diapers being stolen, but I didn't know the Pregnancy Center was opened by Pro Lifers. I'm Pro Choice, so I won't be helping the center out. Part of my reason for being Pro-Choice is-If a woman decides she can't afford a baby, she knows her situation better than anyone, and all these people that say they'll help, help with diapers, formula etc-they can't help 24/7, and why should a woman have to rely on a "crisis center" that relies on donations? So, when the donations are "stolen", whose going to help her? Why should she have to deal with that? I know, I sound like a simpleton, but I will remain Pro Choice, and never look at a Pregnancy Crisis center the same.

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  • Rich GiddensDecember 05, 2013 - 6:54 am

    Are we learning yet? If it's not tied down and anchored with chains---it will be stolen by government's favorite people / animals. Gee, isn't it like that in Mexico and the Philippines? I had to install bars on my windows, burglar alarms and a remotely viewable /recordable video camera system---this as Sewer Soon City officials speaketh lies as to how nice and desirable their nuisance-blighted and crime infested city is!

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  • CCGMCDecember 05, 2013 - 2:13 pm

    I like Suisun City, not "Sewer Soon" as you call it. It's the people who throw bicycles at census workers, struggle with the police and try to kick out their patrol windows, and motorists pulling out of their driveway and trying to run down kids playing basketball in the neighborhood who worry me and blemish what otherwise is a city of decent citizens. Those who throw stones....

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  • Rich GiddensDecember 05, 2013 - 6:57 am

    Just askin' but if these young moms can't afford milk, food or diapers then what right do they have to bring children into this world and why should we have to subsidize it at the expense of our own children? Some things curdle my stomach and make my blood boil!

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  • S KDecember 05, 2013 - 11:14 am

    Someone hasn't taught some of these low income, especially TEENS that they should use a DIME for birth control. A DIME you ask???? Yeah, they just take that DIME and hold it between their knees>>LOL LOL :-). Then later I won't have to stand in line behind them while they are using their, "WIC," or "EBT" Card, while the rest of the hard working PPL, or retirees like me, use CASH WE earned!!!!!

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  • my2centsDecember 05, 2013 - 7:35 am

    before making any donation anymore i'm going to ask about the nonprofit's security for donations. It is shocking to me that these nonprofits are not adequately securing donations. Those of us who give expect our donations to go to those in need. It isn't always easy for donors to make sacrifices so people in crisis can get some help. This irresponsibility is going to impact people's willingness to give.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 05, 2013 - 8:05 am

    Shame on us? I don't know. After the "scrooge" allegations that coincidently happen like every friggin Holiday, my wife and I have decided to literally hand over our donations to people in need. You can take that anyway you want, I don't really care. But we will satisfy or conscience on a personal level knowing we made an immediate difference. In the end, I suppose that is what it is supposed to be anyway. No "administrative costs" and obscene Director's salaries, or "guilt-induced" donations, just plain and simple good will where we find it is needed the most. Common decency should be practiced and respected...by everyone.

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  • S KDecember 05, 2013 - 8:13 am

    I have always felt that when we have some extra to give, that the Salvation Army does a lot of good. For this year and last we gave a little to Fisher House (Google that) :-). Heard about the campaign for them on the Armstrong & Getty Show 650AM, from 6am>>10AM, love those guys :-)

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