Abilities Unlimited catches thieves on surveillance at Paragould store

Store asks for help identifying suspects
(Source: Abilities Unlimited)
(Source: Abilities Unlimited)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Abilities Unlimited needs help identifying two thieves that targeted their Paragould store Thursday night.

Abilities Unlimited Director of Marketing Heather Holmes said they caught a man and woman on camera stealing items from the loading dock and donation bin.

"She came to the back of the store and took photos of the donation bin and what was on the loading dock. About an hour later, a gentleman came in a white Dodge truck and took everything that was on the dock," Holmes said.

She explained that just before midnight Thursday, the woman returned to steal items from the donation bin.

"She actually took a chair and couch cushions that had been donated after hours and stacked them on top of each other so she could crawl into the donation bin," Holmes said.

Holmes said the thefts at the Paragould store started to pick up about a month ago.

"We've had problems in the past but they haven't been as excessive as what we've had in Jonesboro," Holmes said. "The Jonesboro location actually has our main hub for our donation center so we have items coming in daily there."

Holmes said in Paragould, they started processing their own clothing and donations.

"Once we implemented that new strategy, that's when the theft picked up," Holmes said.

Holmes said they are working to educate the public that items donated to Abilities Unlimited aren't free for the taking.

"I think that's probably the perception behind why a lot of things walk off of our property is because people just assume...well it was given to you," Holmes said. "Yes, it was free to us but it's so much more than just a free item. It's an opportunity. It provides a chance at life for someone with a disability."

Each item that's donated gives a job to up to 14 different people with disabilities.

Holmes said if you can help them identify the man or woman from their surveillance video, contact Paragould police.

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