Hurricane Harvey donations stolen from local home

Wesley Chapel homeowner says man stole food
Posted at 6:22 PM, Sep 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-04 18:22:17-04

Alexia McCallister has a trunk full of love headed for Texas.

"Clothes, towels, blankets, food, diapers, stuff for the elderly and animals," she said.

McCallister is part of a group of Wesley Chapel neighbors who are collecting donations for Harvey victims,  but one of her fellow volunteers became a victim herself.

"She had a bunch of water bottles and brand new items that people donated. One of the neighbors said they saw a man driving by slowly around her house then they saw him get down, grab everything and take off," she said.

It's a crime with real consequences for real people like April Phillips in Plant City. Her entire family lives in Silsbee, Texas, north of Beaumont. 

"There are a lot of small towns, everyone has heard of Beaumont, Corpus Christi, and Houston, but it's the smaller towns suffering the most," Phillips said. "It takes everything that I have not to just forget my job forget everything here and find a way into Texas." 

Meanwhile, the stolen donations meant for Harvey victims are now in the trunk of some crook's car.

So far, there is no clear description of the suspect, other than he was driving a black car with a "lost tag" sign.

Bottom line: If you are collecting donations, don't leave them out for long.