Enquirer Herald

Two accused of stealing donations from York charity

Two people have been arrested for stealing donations from a York charity that cares for women and children.

The incidents happened at Tender Hearts Ministries off Kings Mountain Street in York on the evening of Sept. 22. The organization had arranged for an off-duty officer to watch its property because items donated to be sold in its thrift store were being stolen, the report states.

Around 7 p.m. a woman with a 12-year-old son drove up to the building and took a bag of toys and a microwave from the donation bin and tried to leave with them. The officer stopped the woman and called for on-duty police.

The woman, identified as Sheila Annette Howeel, 49, of York, was charged with larceny.

Later, another individual drove up to the property and began to take tools that had been donated, the report states.

Again, the off-duty officer intervened. The suspect, identified as 58-year-old James Gary Gibson of York, was charged with larceny.

Tender Hearts operates two thrift stores, one in York and another in Rock Hill, that rely on donations that are then sold to shoppers.

The proceeds support the nonprofit’s shelter for abused women and their children and to fund community outreach initiatives.