Police: Thief stole from charity

Police: Thief stole from charity

WASHINGTON TWP., Pa. - State Police are on the hunt for a thief who stole from charity.

Tucked away in the Butter Valley is Bethany Evangelical Church.

It is a church in Washington Township, Berks County that serves the community with several ministries, including a quarterly clothing drive.

"They are all given away free to the people in the surrounding communities. We advertise in a few papers. People just show up and take what they need," said clothing drive organizer Robyn Zepp.

Robyn Zepp started the clothing drive at the church about two years ago as a way to donate unwanted clothing from her ten children.

But what started as a small idea continued to grow.

"Each time the church has it, we see more and more people come. They are just so thankful when they go out with bags," said Jennifer Young, who helps with the clothing drive.

But earlier this week, Robyn found that the two large bins used to collect clothing year round had been stolen.

"We drove in the parking lot and I had to do a double take because it was just kind of shocking. They were so big and just to think that someone came to pick them up," said Zepp.

Church members still are not sure how the two large bins just disappeared, but they are hoping they can be returned so they can continue collecting clothing for the needy.

"It would be nice if they were returned. That would be really helpful to us," said Zepp.

Without them, church members are worried they will not be able to collect enough donations for their upcoming drive scheduled for the end of May.

But, they are holding out hope and faith that they will find a solution.

"You do not really expect anything bad to happen," said Young. "God provided once with the boxes and he will provide again."

Police say the boxes were taken sometime between Sunday, April 27 and Tuesday, April 29.

If you have any information that could help police make an arrest in that case call Crime Alert Berks County at (877) 373-9913.

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