Bad news came on top of bad news at the Salvation Army after the holiday weekend.

When the employees started the organization’s old truck Tuesday morning, they knew something was wrong. After crawling under the vehicle for a look, Director Michelle Miles found that the catalytic converter had been removed.

Later, a call from the neighboring property informed her that a hole had been cut into the fence. This led to the discovery that the catalytic converter had also been removed from the organization’s brand new truck, which isn’t even being used yet, as it awaits lettering and a lift gate.

She expects a cost of $3,000 to $4,000 just to fix the new truck, which was in a fenced area while the old truck sat in the parking lot.

It is part of a troublesome trend for the Lackey Drive organization.

“We’ve had issues with people stealing from us for years, but now is worse than it has ever been,” said Miles.

She is hopeful that someone might have information about the thief, a male subject who is seen on surveillance footage between 2 and 3 a.m. Friday morning. The man’s face was covered.

The Salvation Army is having trouble with people stealing from the drop boxes and taking furniture left outside.

“They’re getting braver and braver,” she said.

Because of the trouble and for safety, Miles is encouraging people to bring donations only during the business hours.

As a charitable organization, Miles finds being the target of thievery particularly frustrating.

“We’re out here trying to help people,” she said. “They’re not hurting us. They’re hurting this community.”

The organization is working on a solution, she said.

Corinth Police Department Detective Dell Green said it has been an increasing crime trend over the past year.

To report information about this case, contact the Corinth Police Department at 286-3377.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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