Abilities Unlimited shows off "most wanted" thieves

Abilities Suspect Takes Picture
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Abilities Unlimited in Jonesboro hopes they can identify their most wanted thieves through public shaming.

"We thought well, we can post some pictures, we'll go print them off and post them and maybe someone can identify these people," Abilities Unlimited Regional Manager Sandy McQuay said.

McQuay said they recently posted a "Most Wanted" board on the side of their donation bin on West Huntington Avenue. Photos of their most wanted thieves are also now posted at their thrift store on Union Street.

Earlier this year, Crimestoppers and Sound Concepts donated new, high-quality surveillance cameras to the Abilities Unlimited Donation Center.

They even posted bigger signs warning potential thieves that they are being watched.

McQuay said that still hasn't deterred some people.

That's why they're now shaming the shoplifters by posting their pictures in plain sight of the donations.

"That way when people donate or stop and think about taking things, they're like 'oh, that's me," McQuay said.

McQuay said they got the idea from a convenience store nearby.

"He used to do that when he had shoplifters," she said. "He would post their picture on the front door, so that's kind of where we got the idea to do this, to put the pictures up and let them know we know. We see you. We know you're stealing from us, and we're going to catch you eventually."

McQuay said it already caught the attention of one potential thief.

McQuay said their surveillance video shows a man walk up to the donation area and start rummaging through the drop-offs.

After a few seconds, he appears to get spooked. He then hides beside the bulletin board. That's when he spots a picture of himself and tears it down.

Abilities Unlimited asks if you have information that can identify any of their suspected thieves, call the thrift store at (870) 972-1881.

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