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People react to video of a woman apparently stealing from Salvation Army in Lafayette

A video of a woman apparently stealing items from a Salvation Army donation box is circulating on social media.

Posted: Jul. 9, 2018 7:01 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A video of a woman apparently stealing items from a Salvation Army donation box is circulating on social media.

In the 24 hours since it was first posted, it has been shared nearly 17,000 times on at least three different social media platforms.

It happened at this Salvation Army Family Store off Sagamore Parkway. The video was shared with News 18 by a viewer who saw it on a social media platform.

In it, a woman pulls up to the donation box in a pick-up truck and puts the items into the back. In the meantime, a person confronts her and records the situation. But that doesn't stop her.

People in the community said they don't understand why someone would steal from an organization centered around helping those in need. 

"She's screaming about you're taking my picture, I'll prosecute you...you're stealing stuff lady are you serious?" asked Terry Rudisail.

Brad Mueller doesn't get it either.

"We live in a society, and you be nice to other people, she's definitely not," said Mueller. 

Lafayette Police Sergeant Matt Gard said bottom line, the woman is stealing.

"People donated those items with the intention that they were going to be given to the Salvation Army, for somebody to come along and take items from those collection bins, that is considered theft," said Gard. 

As far as the video goes, Gard said it's ok but best practice is to contact police first.

"If they want to film from a safe distance, by all means they can do so that would help us out in our investigation," said Gard. 

The Salvation Army Family Store is run by Adult Rehabilitation Center Command out of Indianapolis. News 18 reached out to that center for a statement, and have yet to hear back.

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