Tonawanda News — O’Malley said with the first day of school just around the corner, the school supply thefts are particularly troublesome because many stores’ back-to-school stocks already thinned out.
“Luckily most of the items are very inexpensive, but unfortunately this close to school might be difficult to get,” O’Malley said.
The Closet is hosting a cleanup in their room at 169 Sheridan Parkside from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, and donations will be accepted at Bumblebeez Consignment and Children’s Boutique until Tuesday. Donations will also be accepted at the Kenmore Farmer’s Market Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
O’Malley explained that the organization was bothered by the thefts because all of the items are already free to those in need.
“We ask people to show ID only to prove they are town and village residents,” she wrote on Facebook. “We don’t record names, or ask people to fill out paperwork or prove financial need. We believe most of the stuff taken was new so it could be returned to the stores.”
O’Malley said they have notified local stores to keep an eye out for large returns.
Contact reporterJessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagley