LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Employees at a local charity are searching for answers tonight after thieves are caught on camera making off with several bags of donations.
"It's really disheartening," said Heather Kartye, executive director of the Family Crisis Center.
And that's putting it nicely as Kartye reacts to seeing thieves helping themselves to items intended for donation.
"It was disheartening to see individuals drive up and pilfer through donations that a donor brought to our agency to be utilized," Kartye said.
Bags upon bags filled with clothes, shoes, and other items that serve a positive purpose of rehabilitating fellow East Texans looking to start a new after surviving a family crisis.
"We provide vouchers to our clients, those that we serve who have been victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. And they're able to utilize those vouchers to purchase any clothing or household items that they need," Kartye said.
A means of people helping people, interrupted by what Kartye calls a senseless act.
"I think about the donor who brought those items. That's got to be frustrating for them as well because those items were intended for our agency," Kartye said.
Not intended for crooks to score a new wardrobe for free. And while Kartye says it's a crime that happens almost like clockwork, enough is enough.
"Don't do it again. Our agency is dependent upon those donations to function and to operate our thrift stores and to make a profit to provide the services that we do within the community. To see someone taking those donations that we utilize and makes it very challenging for us to continue our mission. 'But you will?' But we will," Kartye said.