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Porch pirate stole items meant for charity; some gifts returned after arrest

Posted at 10:24 PM, Dec 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-06 23:24:02-05

A porch pirate almost ruined Christmas for needy children and their moms.

He was seen on camera stealing packages, but Greenfield Police caught up with the man and discovered his home was filled with stolen property, including the items meant for charity.

"It's different if you were just stealing from me. Stealing from a good place that would be helping out a lot of people is disheartening," said Liza Mathson who is among those who had their packages taken.

The items were meant for The Stork's Nest at Ascension St. Joseph Hospital. Police were able to recover some of them.

Thursday, Mathson delivered boxes full of the baby care products, books and toys to the charity.

"Our moms, some of them have trouble purchasing things for themselves. So they can earn points that they then get to go shopping for items," said Mathson.

New and expectant moms qualify for a program that allows them to take parenting classes and earn points they can redeem at The Stork's Nest.

"I'll take some diapers," said Rita Negron a new mom looking for basics.

She and expecting mom Stephanie Sanders are thankful the gifts finally made it to their intended destination.

"There a lot of woman out here who need the help and for someone to be so evil especially around the holidays," said Sanders. 

Police have not charged the man yet. He is being held on a probation violation.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Stork’s Nest can bring donations to the front desk in the main lobby of Ascension St. Joseph or cash donations can be made to the St. Joseph Foundation, 5000 W. Chambers Street, Milwaukee, WI 53210 or by calling 414-447-3198.