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Report: Officer stops pair taking items from Spartanburg Goodwill bin

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According to police two people were caught taking items from a bin outside of Goodwill on Dawn Redwood Avenue in Spartanburg on Thursday morning around 11:15 a.m.

Goodwill Director of Marketing Crystal Hardesty said every month there are reports of people taking items from the bin.

Police said in this instance an officer drove up to the bin and saw a man holding open the chute with one hand, while his other hand was holding a pair of legs sticking out of it.

"It is disappointing to know that people who have given so generously are taken advantage of by people who are coming and taking this out of the boxes," said Hardesty.

According to a police report, the officer pulled up to the bins and saw the duo digging for items.

In the report it also said the two told the officer they were putting items in the bin, but the officer stated he clearly saw them taking items out.

Charles Higgs used the Goodwill's Job Connection Center in Spartanburg to get a job. He was shocked to hear about the accused thieves.

"It's kind of crazy. They sit there and do good for everyone, so why would you steal from them?" said Higgs. "It must be bad for them if they've got to steal from Goodwill, then it must be real bad for them."

The report said the couple handed over the items from the bin and two boxes they said were on the ground next to the bin.

Hardesty encouraged all donators to drop off during business hours or be extra vigilant when placing items in the drop boxes.

"Just make sure that your items are all the way in the box and that the doors are closed, just to make it more secure," said Hardesty.

The officer cited the duo with trespassing and handed the case over to Goodwill to determine if the non-profit would like to file charges.

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