The Greenville Community Fridge, located at 57 Rose Ave. in Jersey City, was stolen in broad daylight earlier today, the owner confirmed with HCV.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Our fridge was taken at around 12 p.m today. We have some leads for a replacement and need to confirm and then get it to our property. Hopefully we will resume operations in the next few days. The community support is overwhelming,” said Mariya Chechina, who runs the community fridge outside of her sister Olga’s home.
Earlier this afternoon, the West Side Community Fridge, run by Tatiana Smith – a friend of Mariya Checiana – posted on Instagram that the Greenville fridge had been lifted in broad daylight, eliciting dozens of responses almost immediately.
Chechina added that as of about 3:30 p.m. she had still not contacted the Jersey City police since she had just arrived home and was checking to see if neighbors had witnessed the theft.
The Greenville Community Fridge then made a public post acknowledging the incident and thanking everyone for their continued support.
“For now we still have pantry items on the shelves. We will work on getting a replacement in the next few days and will be securing the fridge with a chain as well as a camera for surveillance,” they wrote.
“If you want to donate, please don’t bring any perishables for now, but pantry items are ok. Thank you so much for your support!!!!
Donations can also be made via CashApp at the handle “$GreenvilleFridge.”
The Greenville Community Fridge began operating just last week, while the West Side Community Fridge started service in June.