Police: Amityville couple stole donation bins, resold clothes for profit

An Amityville couple is in custody following a monthslong investigation into fake donation bins.

News 12 Staff

Jun 17, 2022, 1:01 AM

Updated 675 days ago

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An Amityville couple is in custody following a monthslong investigation into fake donation bins.
Nassau County police say Jose Castro, 41, and Lolita Carbajal, 44, stole clothing donation drop boxes and the clothing inside. They then resold the clothes for profit.
Police say the couple would steal and relocate the donation bins, repaint them and then take the clothes and resell them.
They allegedly did this for a year and netted $17,000, according to police.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino says the situation with scam donation boxes is worsening.
"In this next chapter, the perpetrators are getting more brazen," Saladino says.
The Town of Oyster Bay seized some boxes, but it's not known if any of them are linked to Amityville couple.
Nassau police say the boxes were stolen from five locations, which include two in East Meadow, one in Bethpage, one in North Bellmore and one in Wantagh.
Some Long Islanders like Lenny Kaplen, of East Meadow, don't use drop boxes anymore.
"I basically give to these organizations...a legit firm," Kaplen says. "They come to the house, and they pick it up. They give you a receipt and it's a tax deduction."
Castro and Carbajal are charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property.
Both are due in court on June 29.


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