Charity Store Robbed

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Police are looking for suspects who stole from the needy.

It happened in Pike County at the Hope Charity Thrift Store in Shelbiana.

"This area was completely full of electronics stuff," said Hope Charity Director Charles Sanders.

Now the wall is almost empty. Sanders says the rest were stolen.

"These were our best units, most expensive units in the whole place," Sanders said.

Charity workers sold the donated electronics to buy food and furniture for needy families.

"So that is the most surprising, that somebody would stoop this low to rob something that helps people," Sanders said.

Also stolen were tools they use for home repairs and building wheelchair ramps for the elderly, along with the cash donation box.

"An actual cash donation meant to help the poor and they chose to take it. It's really a lash out at all the people in need because this organization strictly helps people in need, so when they attack us, they are attacking that group of people," said Store Manager Terry Cavins.

People who benefit are also outraged.

"This is a good place, they don't need to steal from it. They hurt people when they steal from here," one woman said.

The burglars took the air conditioning unit out to break in and then get out. The burglars may have escaped, but they left behind clues. Workers say they found blood on the stairs and a bloody tissue on the cable. Police are using the DNA evidence to find the burglars. They already found most of the stolen tools. Store employees say whoever took the items didn't have to. They would have helped them if they asked.

Charity store workers aren't saying how much money was taken, but say it shouldn't affect their food distribution.

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