Investigators are searching for this woman they said stole donated items from the Bainbridge Salvation Army.
Major Robert Humphrey
Bainbridge Salvation Army Family Store
BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -
Bainbridge Public Safety officers are still looking for a woman they said stole donated items from the Salvation Army.
Donations help the Bainbridge Salvation Army help thousands of families in need.
But some donors believe the items are free for the taking.
Service Center Director Stacy Warren said, “They may be dropping something off, but while they're dropping stuff off, they're also pilfering through the things that have been already dropped off. And possibly taking items that don't belong to them.”
Surveillance cameras caught one woman dropping off a TV, but walking away with what looks like a fan and a walker.
BPS Chief Investigator Robert Humphrey said, “Some people think that those items are not of value to anybody. They feel like they've been donated, so I guess they feel like they're not showing criminal intent to steal anything.”
Warren said this isn't the first time something like this has happened.
That's why they have signs up to remind donators that all items on this property belong to the Salvation Army.
Security cameras also capture people just dumping items.
Warren said, “What we find, when people drop things off after hours, they're generally things that we can't sell. So we end up having to pay the dump fees to get rid of those things.”
Warren said they try to make donating as easy as possible, offering to pick up large items, and staying open six days a week.
“We're not looking to hurt anyone on these videos. We do want to let them know that we see what's going on. We do just want to educate the public on that,” said Warren.
If you have any information about the woman in this video, you are asked to call Bainbridge Public Safety at 229-248-2038.