Woman accused of stealing storm donation items - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Woman accused of stealing storm donation items

Posted: Updated:
Belinda McCluskey is accused of pretending her home was damaged in order to collect donation items. (Source: Limestone Co. Sheriff's Dept.) Belinda McCluskey is accused of pretending her home was damaged in order to collect donation items. (Source: Limestone Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
  • More newsMore>>

  • Congress scrutinizes Obama military strategy

    Congress scrutinizes Obama military strategy

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:28 AM EDT2014-09-16 07:28:49 GMT
    President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism after more...More >>
    President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism rooted in more than a...More >>
  • Afghan suicide bomber kills 3 foreign troops

    Afghan suicide bomber kills 3 foreign troops

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:41 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:41:26 GMT
    A police official in Kabul says that a suicide car bomber has targeted a foreign convoy just a couple hundred yards (meters) from the U.S. Embassy.More >>
    A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy on Tuesday, killing three troops from the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said.More >>
  • CoverGirl's NFL sponsorship ad used as anti-domestic violence message

    CoverGirl's NFL sponsorship ad used as anti-domestic violence message

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:29 AM EDT2014-09-16 05:29:37 GMT
    (RNN) – A sponsorship between cosmetic giant CoverGirl and the NFL is being tested during the league's nightmarish week of bad publicity in the wake of the Ray Rice domestic violence incident.CoverGirl, whose sponsorship tagline is the “official beauty sponsor of the NFL,” launched a campaign that targets beauty looks for all 32 NFL franchises. The campaign has been promoted with the tagline “get your #game face on.”On Sept. 11, Adele Stan, senior digital editor for The American Prospect, mad...More >>
    (RNN) – A sponsorship between cosmetic giant CoverGirl and the NFL is being tested during the league's nightmarish week of bad publicity in the wake of the Ray Rice domestic violence incident.CoverGirl, whose sponsorship tagline is the “official beauty sponsor of the NFL,” launched a campaign that targets beauty looks for all 32 NFL franchises. The campaign has been promoted with the tagline “get your #game face on.”On Sept. 11, Adele Stan, senior digital editor for The American Prospect, mad...More >>
ATHENS, AL (WAFF) -

From so much good to come after the April 28 storms, with donations pouring in and neighbor helping neighbor, comes word of a Limestone County woman accused of helping herself.

Belinda McCluskey faces a third-degree theft charge after deputies said she loaded up an excessive amount of donations and lied about being a tornado victim.

Deputies said she gave a fake name to volunteers and lied about where she lived. Volunteers were the ones who made the initial call to get investigators involved.

Donations continue to stream in at a makeshift donation site at the Old Catfish Inn Restaurant on Highway 72 in Athens. It started over a week ago by a local woman who said she wanted to help her community. Anyone in need can stop by and pick up clothes and shoes free of charge.

Deputies said McCluskey went overboard and pretended her home was damaged to steal items, and even sent friends to collect more for her.

When she showed up once again to load up, a deputy was waiting. When they made it to her home at a nearby trailer park, everything was intact.

"Anytime there is a tragedy, there is always going to be those few who see it as an opportunity of the situation, but there is just now way around that, it just happens," said Investigator Leslie Ramsey.

Deputies said McCluskey said she would give back all of the donations, but they are not sure if she's made good on the promise. They hope that her charges will stand as a warning to others.

"We charged her with theft third because it is theft, and also to send a message that these sites are for people who are truly victims, and not for people who are just looking to exploit the situation," said Ramsey.

In the meantime, McCluskey is out of jail on a $1,000 bond.

Copyright 2014 WAFF. All rights reserved. 

Powered by WorldNow