HEWITT (July 22, 2014 ) Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6008 in Hewitt is asking for the public's help in the search for a man who post officials think is stealing aluminum cans from the post's collection trailer.
"We'd been missing cans for a few months. Like one day I'd come by and the trailer would be full and I’d say OK I need to empty the trailer the next day, but (I’d) come up to empty it and it would only be half full,” said Marine Corps veteran Al Humphrey, the post’s treasurer.
Residents donate the aluminum cans, which the post recycles.
The proceeds from the recycling support veterans’ assistance programs and other community efforts.
The project normally generates about $300 a month, but since the thefts started, that has been cut in half.
"There's a whole lot of programs that that money goes to and when somebody steals from us it's a slap in the face. What we're trying to do is give back,” Army veteran Robert Smith said.
Surveillance video from July 12th shows someone driving what appears to be a white or grey GMC Texas Edition pickup truck, parking next to the donation trailer.
The driver gets out, takes several bags from the bin and dumps them in the back of the truck.
And VFW members say this has been going on for months.
They know for sure someone is taking the bags of cans but the cameras weren't able to clearly capture the licenses plate number on the back of the truck.
The group is hoping someone in the public will recognize the truck or the man driving it.
"On the video it's a very nice truck,” Humphrey said.
“I mean we're talking a $30,000 truck,” he said.
“The guy is dressed real nice, a pair of shorts. He doesn't look like he needs an extra five bucks by taking and stealing from veterans’ projects,” he said.
Post members are asking anyone with information about the thefts to call Hewitt police at (254) 666-6272.
Humphrey, though, is hoping the person responsible for the thefts will come forward and apologize.