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Community Service donations must be made while open

The good news is people are donating clothing and household items to Harrison County Community Services in Corydon for distribution to persons in need.
The bad news is sometimes those donations are left outside the building and wind up in the hands of persons for whom the donation was not intended.
So the good news and the bad news is that police in Corydon are keeping a watchful eye on the facility after hours, so persons who are dropping items off outside the building are likely to be charged with littering, and persons picking up those items are likely to be charged with theft.
Steps are being taken to solve both problems, said Shirley Raymond, director of community services.
‘We know the best way to stop this practice is for those making donations to never leave things after hours,’ Raymond said. ‘People just have to stop bringing it in and leaving it after hours.’
Arrangements can be made so that items can be dropped off after hours, Raymond said. ‘Call 738-8143.’
The agency’s clothes closet provides needed clothing and household items to more than 6,000 families each year, Raymond said. ‘In a recent customer survey, the people who come to our agency rated the Clothes Closet as one of the top three services they value.
‘During hours when our agency is closed, people, not necessarily low-income, are continually making stops on the property in the dock area to steal items left there by others who are leaving donations after business hours.’
Harrison County Prosecutor Dennis Byrd said litterers and thieves alike will be prosecuted the same as other suspected offenders.
If convicted as charged, theft can bring up to three years in jail plus a fine; littering is an infraction punishable by a $1,000 fine. However, if an item is left that is hazardous waste, the offense becomes ‘dumping,’ Byrd said.
When that happens, the offense is more serious and is punishable the same as theft, Byrd said.

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