San Antonio nonprofit’s donations stolen for a second time

Man steals $100 from donations meant for homeless veterans

Author: Cory Smith, Reporter, csmith@ksat.com
Published On: Nov 30 2012 06:08:31 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 30 2012 07:01:51 PM CST
SAN ANTONIO -

Employees at an Express Lube on Marbach Road said a man stole more than $100 in donations Thursday night.

The store was collecting the money for the Alamo Area Mutual Housing Association, a local nonprofit that helps homeless veterans find permanent housing.

Surveillance video shows the man walking into the store, looking around to make sure no one was watching, and then taking the box of money off the front counter.

"It’s rough in this tough economy to raise money when you’re a nonprofit,” said AAMHA Special Projects Manager Michael Shackelford. “The true irony of it is that a homeless person stole from an organization which raises money and provides housing for homeless veterans in San Antonio.”

This is the second time in nearly a month that the AAMHA has been victimized.

In October, a woman walked into a Balcones Heights Express Lube. When she noticed no one around, she took off with the group’s donation box. Police have a strong suspicion who she is, but no arrest has been made.

Express Lube employees say they’ve seen the man hanging around the store. They want to help police track him down and hopefully return the money to the non-profit.

“It’s homeless veterans and obviously in a city that is so entrenched with military, obviously it’s a great cause,” said Express Lube Fleet Manager Bo Durkop.