"They were allowing their selfish motivation to overrule really what was reasonable and what was right," said Capt. David Worthy, an area commander for the Salvation Army, referring to those who started grabbing items in the distribution center Wednesday.
acknowledged that someone from the Salvation Army
had mistakenly told people over the phone that they could come and select gifts Wednesday.
Tuesday was supposed to be the last full day of distribution for the Richmond Christmas Mother program.
The crowd grew increasingly agitated.
Staffers told the group to go home and call the Salvation Army
"But obviously, by that point, they weren't going to leave."
Most of the staff, except one volunteer who stayed to clean up, left the building and left it locked behind them, Worthy
But as many as 15 people found a way into the building and started snagging items.
"There's no evidence of forced entry," Worthy
Sheriff's officials later found people inside the building filling shopping carts with items, Worthy
Others had collected items and left.
"We're not going to press charges," Worthy
said, although he
added, "We know people stole some stuff."
said some of the people still were allowed to select gifts.
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