Thieves caught on camera stealing from donation bins

Posted at 1:11 PM, Feb 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-07 15:11:03-05

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    LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A local foundation is asking for help after they say people are stealing clothes from their donation bins across the Las Vegas valley.

The Peoples Autism Foundation says enough was enough after a donation pick-up driver caught a man pulling a woman out of the inside of a clothing donation bin at Eastern Avenue and Sunset Road.

“We’re at a record low of clothing donations,” says Nichol Zamora.

Nichol Zamora, of The Peoples Autism Foundation, says folks are stealing donated clothing at an alarming rate.

The clothes inside are usually turned into cash which in turn helps families locally who have loved ones on the Autism spectrum.

Zamora says they usually collect about 20,000 pounds of clothing, but that’s dropped almost half during the winter.

Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time 13 Action News has heard of people doing this before, and it’s even had a much darker ending.

In 2017, a man was found dead inside a donation bin in San Diego.

Friends of the victim told KGTV he was getting clothes to stay warm.

The Foundation believes that those who live in the streets here are trying to do the same.

“It breaks our heart that it is a homeless situation that Las Vegas is trying to handle as well,” Zamora said.

But the Foundation is trying to bring an end to the thefts.

They are asking for folks who want to help to not place clothes in the numerous bins across the Las Vegas Valley, and instead arrange an at-home pick up for free.

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