Hewitt VFW looking for man after he stole cans from veterans

POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 5:41pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 5:44pm

A local VFW wants answers after a man repeatedly stole cans from their can collection site. 

The Hewitt VFW Post 6008 said, on July 12th, a man in a silver Texas edition, 2 door truck pulled into their lot just before 10:00 a.m. The man went to the can collection trailer and bounced it up and down to get the cans out. He then put the bags of cans in the back of his truck and drove away. 

The Cans for Vets fundraiser is the only fundraiser for the VFW's Motorcycle Group. The public donates the cans and each time the trailer is full, the group takes them to be recycled. The VFW normally receives around $155 dollars each time they recycle their cans. 

The money is then used for veterans projects, such as the Wounded Warriors Project and Project Angle Tree, a program that donates toys to kids with incarcerated parents.

"Nobody in this day in time, that I know of, steals from veterans. Steals from the veterans project. The returning vets from Afghanistan, we provided toiletries for them, we provide for the veterans home down in Temple. All of this stuff takes money to buy and that is the fundraiser for and the purpose for it."  Said Al Humphrey, Treasurer of The VFW Post 6008 Motorcycle group.

The VFW went to the police but did not file a report. They are not wishing to press charges on the man, they simply want him to stop and own up to what he did. 

"It's kind of disheartening because really we only seen him take about $5 to $10 dollars worth of cans at that one time. I know its not a big monetary thing but, at the same time if you continue to do that, its a moral thing," Said Humphrey.

Humphrey also stated, that man may be down on his luck, and if so, he would like to meet him and help him out anyway he can.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hewitt VFW.


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