Salvation Army battles cycle of dumping, looting

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NORTHPORT, Ala. (AP) — A Salvation Army Thrift Store is struggling with a cycle that repeats on the weekends when the business is closed.

For more than a year, people have been dumping donations after hours at the Northport store. Then, looters sift through the items, leaving stuff strewn across the store's parking lot on Sundays and holidays.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/15ccLKu) that the nonprofit hopes to end the problem, with help from Northport police and the Northport City Council.

The Salvation Army has posted new warning signs in front of its thrift store. The signs cite city code and state that looters and people who leave donations after hours will be prosecuted.

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Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, http://www.tuscaloosanews.com



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