LAKE COUNTY — A recent rash of thefts at Baldwin’s Community Thrift Store has volunteers at the facility seeing red, and calling on local citizens to help put a stop to the practice. Lee Schwartz, manager at the popular second-hand shop, which is located on 10th Street in the north of town near St. Ann’s/St. Ignatius Church, reports that a person or persons unknown has been digging through donated items left in the drop-off bin at the rear of the building.
“In the last few weeks there have been at least two incidents,” says Schwartz. “We had received a phone call from a lady who had donated six bags full of clothes and shoes – very nice items – but when we looked in the bin we saw that someone had taken them out of the bags and rooted through them and generally made a mess. Then another donation came in, but when the donor returned two hours later to drop off some more things, she found the garments strewn all over the place.”