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Man Charged With Stealing Donated Clothes In South Jersey

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By Steve Beck

SICKLERVILLE, N.J. (CBS) — A South Jersey man was stealing clothes intended for charities and was selling them at flea markets, police said.

Michael Okpor, of Berlin, N.J., was arrested Monday night by officers with the Gloucester Township Police Department.

According to investigators, officers observed a car driven by Okpor pull into the EZ Food Stop convenience store parking lot on Sicklerville Road in Sicklerville.

Authorities say Okpor got out of his car and removed five bags of clothing from the donation container belonging to South Jersey Ventures.

When officers approached Okpor, they say they found an additional nine bags of clothing in the back seat of his car. The bags were determined to be stolen from a donation container in Lawnside, N.J., belonging to the Read Foundation.

The 48-year-old Okpor was arrested and charged with theft. He was released on a criminal summons pending a court date.

Investigators said Okpor would sell the clothes at a local flea market.

The stolen property was recovered to be returned to the donation foundations.

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