Man Steals Back-to-School Donations From Greater Works Church In Garland, TX

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Mesquite police are searching for a man who took several packages of school supplies that were destined for a Garland church.

The packages contained back-to-school donations for children in need that the Greater Works Church in Garland was planning to give out, KXAS-TV (NBC5) reported.

The packages had about $600 worth of supplies inside and were delivered Thursday to the front porch of a church member’s home in the 1300 block of Maple Ridge Drive in Mesquite, police said.

About 3:40 p.m., a man pulled up in a black 2000 to 2007 Ford Focus hatchback and took the packages. He is described as a white man, about 35 to 40 years old. He was wearing an American flag shirt, Home Depot hat and white shoes, police said.

Pastor Anthony Bates told NBC5 he is disappointed in the theft. It was captured on surveillance footage and showed the man returning to the front door three times to grab the six boxes.

“That’s bold,” Bates said. “He has a lot of stuff. A lot of stuff!”

The boxes contained 99 backpacks filled with school supplies. The church still plans to give away school supply donations at its community fair on Aug. 20. More information is available on the church’s website GreaterWorksDFW.org.

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SOURCE: The Dallas Morning News – Claire Z. Cardona