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Police Log: Larceny of Donation Bins

The Westwood Police Department provided the following information.

Saturday, Jan. 19

12:38 p.m.: A Westwood resident walked into the station to report inappropriate texts including "veiled threats" on a family member's phone. 

6:36 p.m.: An officer noticed two people stealing items of clothing from a donation box on Washington Street. the officer told the people to return the items. 

7:43 p.m.: Officers responded to a domestic disturbance on Whitewood Road. The argument was verbal only and officers mediated the situation. 

Claire Sullivan January 28, 2013 at 07:30 PM
The items collected in the donation bins are not actually donated to others, but sold for profit. I work in the recycling field, and in other towns, bin theft has been for profit, not by people in need of clothing. The Red Cross bins are actually serviced by a private company, and a portion of the proceeds are given to Red Cross. Planet Aid has pretty high overhead for the collection service, which is also run through a for-profit, though some proceeds again are given to overseas charities. One could argue that they are getting free rent by being on town owned real estate. I spoke to the Westwood BOS about this a few months ago. The DPW is investigating finding a recycling company that will share the profits for textile collection with the town (the towns I work for ar egetting paid $100/ton!). The scope of textiles that can be recycled is quite broad, and includes ripped, stained and otherwise imperfect clothes, house linens, stuffed animals, shoes, purses, etc. If they can't be re-sold in thrift shops, they can be cut up for rags, or shredded and recycled into new fibers. http://www.patriotledger.com/blogs/frontpage/x1440915995/Not-too-shabby-Most-old-clothing-can-be-recycled
Claire Sullivan January 28, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Whoever is writing the police reports now, great job! I had given up on them before for lack of interesting details.
Robert Reed January 28, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Reina seems to be of the opinion that the people stealing from the clothing collection box were taking size-appropriate clothing to wear for themselves. Reina also probably thinks the thief who steals baby formula from the grocery store is stealing it to feed a baby. Yes, people have problems but a large percentage of theft is fueled by drug addition, or greed, or personal gain. I am certain Raina is well-intentioned with her commentary, but I just don't agree.
Fred January 29, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Yes the people that use a small child (as young as 10-years old some times) to crawl into the donation bin and empty it out really needs the entire contents of the donation bin in order find the right size clothes, and then they are allowed to just sell the rest in order to "survive". How dare the police stop them!
Reina January 30, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Baby formula is an addicting drug? I don't understand what exactly is the issue. The items in the donation bin were discarded by a greedy rich person who just couldn't even bear to wear their clothes to a frazzle yet can't bear that someone else might put them to good use. What, pray tell, do you believe red cross or salvation army or whatever "charity" collecting the stuff was going to do with it??? Hand it out on a street corner? The CEO of the red cross makes half a mil a year, for crying out loud. I still would like to know where I can send clothes to to whoever it was, never mind what is done with it upon receipt. None of my -or your- bidness what happens to a shirt after you throw it away.

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