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Thief Steals $5,000 In Tools From Goodwill Manasota Trucks

Thieves broke into three Goodwill Manasota maintenance trucks Tuesday taking hand tools

Goodwill Industries Manasota is asking for the community's help after $5,000 worth of tools were stolen from three of its maintenance trucks Tuesday.

Goodwill discovered that thieves had cut through a parking lot fence at the organization's facilities parking lot on 15th Street East in Sarasota, breaking into three trucks and stealing $5,000 worth of hand tools, according to Goodwill.

"We are a service-based industry and the shameful theft of these tools hits us hard. But it also strikes at the community we serve," said Bob Rosinsky, president of Goodwill Manasota in a statement. "We're all victims of this crime. These thieves are preying on the good will of the Sarasota-Manatee community by stealing from a nonprofit that helps thousands of disadvantaged people in our community."

According to Rosinsky, the tools were not insured for theft.

"Unfortunately the tools that were stolen from our vehicles are not covered under insurance. We are looking at an increase in budget of more than $5,000 to replenish the tools and repair the trucks. This was an unconscionable act."

Rosinsky says that this is an "excellent time for the community to step up and show its goodwill. Your donations can undo the harm that this has caused."

Anyone with information about the theft can contact the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at 941-747-3011.

Diana Bowen January 09, 2013 at 04:38 PM
I have mixed feelings regarding this seeing as how they overcharge for items given to them, their employees take items for free and everytime I have referred anyone to them for help, they have been turned away and had Salvation Army step up to the plate. And yes, years ago, I did some temp work for Goodwill and that is when my opinion of them changed. When I saw that management is not wanting for anything but the one who really needs help is turned away. I have also been homeless and have seen both sides of these organizations first hand and what they actually follow through with. There is really no Good Will in this "Non-Profit" organization. So the next time you want to donate, please donate to Salvation Army. They will help you when needed.
cee cee January 09, 2013 at 05:10 PM
the salvation army isn't anygood either. they are another big fraud.
cee cee January 09, 2013 at 05:12 PM
almost all charities are a joke. someone has always got their hand in the cookie jar, stealing the well intended donations.

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