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Man accused of stealing from charity

Police say Martinsburg man took Salvation Army stockings

Police say Martinsburg man took Salvation Army stockings

December 14, 2007

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. ? A man who went to The Salvation Army's Martinsburg office Monday to apply for a bell ringer's position allegedly took several stockings filled with gifts for children, according to a Martinsburg Police Department press release.

Timothy Lynn (T.J.) Robinson Jr., 24, of 223 W. Martin St. in Martinsburg, was charged Thursday with second-offense petit larceny, police said.

A Salvation Army volunteer representative at the Virginia Avenue office told police that Robinson had taken five stockings, but in an interview with police, Robinson said he took only two, police said. When confronted with the accusation that he took five, Robinson changed his count to three, police said.

Bond was set at $2,500 for Robinson, police said. He was not at Eastern Regional Jail Thursday night.

The Salvation Army decided not to pursue the matter criminally, but the stockings later were returned, police said.

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