The Salina Police Department will be stepping up patrols around a thrift store after receiving numerous complaints about clothing and other donated items at the Salvation Army Thrift Store, 157 S. 5th, being stolen and/or strewn about the area.
The donated items are left at the back door of the business during non-business hours. In addition, items in the dumpster have been rummaged through with the contents thrown on the ground surrounding the dumpster.
According to the agency, these activities are causing the area to become unsightly and are violating several Salina City ordinances to include: Theft, Littering, Trespassing, and Damage to Property.
Donations are only accepted at the Salvation Army Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Signs are posted at the rear of the building indicating what items may be donated and when. Items left on Salvation Army Thrift Store property during non-business hours is considered littering.
The secure dumpster, also at the rear of the store, and its contents are private property and has a posted sign, “KEEP OUT.”
Patrol officers will be closely monitoring this area and violators will be prosecuted.
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