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Caught on camera: Thieves stealing items donated to needy

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) - A Rankin county charity, located on church property, is the target of thieves.

Sunday night a couple robbed the organization at church Rehobeth Baptist Church of boxes of donated items.

"They could have come easily and gotten it for free," said Tammy Brun on the Board of Directors with Ever Reaching Community Outreach.

At 11:45 Sunday night surveillance video captured images of a man and woman entering the area where items are dropped off to the non-profit organization Ever Reaching Community Outreach.

The woman's face and head are covered as she rummages through bags of clothing and other goods.

The man, whose face is also concealed, selectively chooses what he wants to take.

But volunteers at the non-profit ERCO say they are stealing from the needy.

"They have been there before. They parked their vehicle where they knew the cameras couldn't find the vehicle. They walked around exactly to where the locations were of the clothes and the bags and different things. They pilfered through the items and like I said they were only there for about 10 minutes," said Brun.

Ever Reaching Community Outreach is housed at Rehobeth Baptist Church outside Pelahatchie.

The organization collects clothing, appliances and household items and distributes them to the less fortunate.

Last year it helped 500 families with losses like fires or disasters.

"It's a church parsonage that's right beside our fellowship hall and our church and there's families that live close by so they purposely came on a Sunday night," said the Board Member and volunteer.

The theft is posted on Ever Reaching's Facebook page in hopes that someone can identify the couple.

"We are saddened by what they did, but we hope this will give us an opportunity to let more people  know about what we're doing and how we want to help," added Brun.

Please contact the Rankin County Sheriff's Department at 601-825-1480 if you know anything about this crime.

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