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Thief caught on camera stealing donations from Salvation Army

BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel

You may live by the idea that's it's better to give than to receive, but one man apparently believes it's better to steal what you give.

He was caught on camera stealing donations from the Salvation Army.

The organization says declining donations are bad enough, but the thefts have got to stop.

"They also break in here, we had to replace this door two or three times," Celia Esparza, the assistant manager for the Salvation Army Family Store on College Street shows us where thieves broke in. 

She says most people drop of donations, not steal them.

A repaired fence shows the clean up from someone else's dirty work.

Thieves were caught on camera April 30th, loading up a basket full of items.

"Who would think they would rob to the Salvation Army somebody who gives to them," Esparza says. 

It seems the thief had no reservations, they say he's struck multiple times and as seen on camera, he's thorough.

"It's very unfair, it's not necessary to do something like this," Esparza says. 

Store managers say they also won't be picking up donations for a while.

Vandals went as far as to pour sand in the gas tank of the truck.

Esparza is unsure of what they took, but toys and clothes are just an example of what they typically receive.

"It's stealing from kids, yeah kids and families who can't afford certain things that can come in here and get it for a reasonable price," Hurist Joubert, a Salvation Army worker says.

He describes is as cruel.

"You know what goes around comes around so eventually you get caught," Joubert said. 

For now, they're only caught on camera, but at this place that's known for giving away what it has, everyone is watching. 

Police say it is a crime to take items from a donation location.

If you have any information that could help police identify this person, you're asked to call Crimestoppers at 833-TIPS.

 

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