Men Stole Clothes From Donation Bin in Shelton: Cops - NBC Connecticut

Men Stole Clothes From Donation Bin in Shelton: Cops

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    Joaquin Gonzales, 39, and Mardo Pineda, 23, are accused of stealing clothing donations from a charity bin in Shelton.

    Police have arrested two men accused of stealing donated clothing from a charity bin in Shelton on Saturday evening.

    According to police, Joaquin Gonzales, 39, and Mardo Pineda, 23, both New York state residents, drove a van to the Kiducation donation bin at 898 Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton and began loading clothing into the back.

    It was one of several thefts from the donation bin over the past few months.

    A witness tipped off police around 8 p.m. Saturday. Officers arrived to find the van stuffed with donated clothing, according to police.

    Police said Gonzales, the driver, did not have a valid license or insurance card for the van. He was arrested and charged with sixth-degree larceny, driving without insurance and driving without a license.

    Pineda, the passenger, was charged with sixth-degree larceny.

    Police said neither man is affiliated with the charity.

    They were each released on a promise to appear and are due in court April 27.

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