Social media helps non-profit ID thieves
There are seven cameras posted in the donation area of The Samaritan Center in Ooltewah and one of them helped identify the people responsible for stealing items earlier this week.
People on social media recognized the people in the video.
It shows two people loading what appears to be a fold out bed into a trailer and another person going through items outside the donation drop off area early Tuesday morning.
They appear to take their time, combing through items taking what they want.
This isn't the first time the non-profit has become the target of thieves.
They were hit twice last year and again in 2015.
Executive Director Tony Dahlberg told Channel 3 after the 2015 incident the center works off a simply philosophy, "A quick nickel beats a slow dime," meaning the center's prices are low so people don't have to steal.
"When they take from us, they are taking from this community. This center has existed here for almost thirty years," Dahlberg said, "I want those people to ask themselves: 'Is this really the kind of person that I want to be in my life?'"
Officials with The Samaritan Center say they take thefts seriously and they work hard to make sure the donations are used for what they were intended.