Thief rips off North Idaho thrift shop, steals valuable tools

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 8:23 AM

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – A thief steals valuable tools from a North Idaho charity creating a domino effect that could impact people in need

The St. Vincent de Paul of North Idaho Thrift Store's not sure who broke in but hopes someone will recognize the suspect in the nonprofit’s surveillance video.

A person wearing dark clothing scanned the area early Easter morning. Staff says the thief ransacked the shed and took hundreds of dollars in tools the charity uses to fix valuable donated items. The organization sells it all at its thrift shop. The proceeds go to a number of programs for the needy.

“It's just sad because we're here to help the community and I just hate to think that people would come here and do those kinds of things to St. Vincent de Paul,” store director Denise Braden said.

The store’s director says the thief must've cut a hole in the fence. The thrift store says it always accepts donations, but the sooner they receive new tools the sooner they can fix things like appliances and lawn mowers to get them sold.
 

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