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Man Arrested For Stealing Clothing Donation Bins

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A Long Island man is accused of stealing charity clothing donation bins and having them repainted to dupe unsuspecting people into giving clothes to him.

Suffolk County Police say the suspect was done-in by GPS tracking devices in two bins that had been stolen on Tuesday night.

Police got a call from the owner of two Breast Cancer Help Inc. clothing donation bins reporting that the bins had been stolen from their original locations in parking lots on Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore.

The owner told police that the bins were outfitted with GPS devices. Police tracked them down to 185 Cortlant St. in Lindenhurst.

Police arrested Cesar Antonio Martinez-Duran, 29, of Amityville for possessing the bins.

Martinez-Duran, 29, was charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, one count of Criminal Mischief and an outstanding warrant.

Detectives say their investigation found that Martinez-Duran has up to 40 other clothing donation bins around Long Island that are believed to have also been stolen and repainted.

Police say clothing from those bins, which bear the name “Donations International Helping Hand,” was not for charity, but has been instead sold for profit.

Martinez-Duran was being held until an arraignment on Thursday.

Police say they also found two additional stolen clothing donation bins that were in the process of being stripped of their original markings to be repainted.

Sergio Sandoval-Martinez, 46, was arrested on a Criminal Mischief charge. Police say they caught in in the process of altering the bins. He was released on bail.

Breast Cancer Help Inc. says it has 150 donation bins across Long Island and has raised more than $1,000,000 to fight breast cancer.

Detectives are asking anyone with more information about this incident to contact the Third Squad at 631-854-8352 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

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