The legs dangling from the side of a large donation bin were a dead giveaway.
Plastic bags overflowing clothes, shoes and toys had been dropped off at the bin, near the Kohl’s in Acworth, to be donated to a charity. But recently, two Bartow County women decided to help themselves to the donations. Their plan? Raid the donation bin and add their finds to their future yard sale.
And they would’ve gotten away with it if not for an alert passerby who called 911.
The caller, who wanted to remain anonymous, told police two women were “taking turns climbing into the donation bin,” according to the Acworth police report, obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Their legs were literally hanging out,” the caller said.
When the officer arrived at the donation bin, the two women weren’t shy about what they were doing.
“We are going to sell some of this stuff at our yard sale,” one of the women told the officer.
Inside one woman’s car, the officer found 13 bags of donated items, including clothing in various sizes, shoes, toys and discarded Barbie dolls, police said.
Both women, Tina Brock Morales and Velvie Larraine Bagley, were arrested and charged with misdemeanor theft by taking, according to their arrest warrants. Both were booked into the Acworth jail Aug. 20 and then transported to the Cobb County jail, booking records show.
Bagley, of Emerson, was released the following afternoon after posting $1,000 bond. Morales, of a Cartersville address, was released about three hours later, also on $1,000 bond.