38-year-old Bridgette Godsey, an employee at the “The Local Market” convenience store on 3rd Avenue, has been charged with stealing from the Sheriff’s Angel Tree Toy Drive donation canister.
The store manager knew something wasn’t right when RCSD “Toys for Kids” Program Coordinator Pam Hixson opened an empty donation box. The store manager was certain there should have been money inside.
The manager reviewed security footage only to find that one of the third-shift employees was the culprit.
Godsey was subsequently charged and arrested for theft under $500, a misdemeanor. She was booked at the Rhea County Jail, and bonded out shortly thereafter.
Arresting Officer Matt Rose said simply, “It’s sad.”
“It’s really sad to see someone steal from children.”
Sheriff Mike Neal’s Angel Tree Toy Drive is by far, Rhea County’s largest toy drive. The program distributes toys and bikes to over a thousand kids in Rhea County during the Christmas season.
There are collection boxes all around the county, so please consider donating to this cause if you have the opportunity.
Jeff Knight of the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department encourages those in falling on desperate times to seek social assistance from a local non-profit before stealing from children.
In addition to donation boxes as shown above, there are Angel Trees around town with Santa Christmas lists. The Angel Tree Toy Drive will accept toys through December 12.