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Non-profit group Kompost Kids tries to recover stolen truck

Posted at 5:22 PM, Jan 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-21 21:05:10-05

MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee non-profit group has made a plea to get its stolen truck back.

Marion Ecks, one of the leaders for Kompost Kids, said between last Wednesday night and Saturday morning someone broke in to their Bay View property.

She showed our crew where it appeared a thief cut through a locked fence to get in.

"I would not have thought that it was vulnerable here, but you know someone with a little bit of ingenuity and some good tools knew how to get into the site," Ecks said.

"Called the police right away because you know it's vandalism to this property that they let us use, but then later on I realized that our truck was missing," she added.

The missing truck is their beloved 1999 dark blue Chevy pickup with the words Kompost Kids on the side.

The group even named it Dr. Daphne McDirt.

Daphne was purchased after fundraising efforts and became an integral part of the group's work.

Kompost Kids focuses on environment conservation, collecting food waste around town for compost which they then share.

"The truck is our ability to move our equipment so you can see some equipment that is stored here we have trash cans that we use for festival waste," said Ecks. "To take the truck represents taking something that belongs to the community."

Ecks turned to social media to spread the word the truck was stolen and got an overwhelming response to show people cared.

"As much as I hate the circumstances, I’m really grateful to the community for their response. So hopefully we'll find Daphne. If not, I’m gonna have to figure out how to move 10 yards of dirt in the spring without her," said Ecks.

If you can help or spot the truck, call the Milwaukee Police Department.