Fort Worth Man Steals From Charity That Was Helping Him

Andrew Greenstein
November 12, 2018 - 1:20 pm
Theft Suspect
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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - A Fort Worth charity that helped the homeless is hit by thieves over the weekend - and one of the perpetrators is a man that it had been helping.

"We had had a volunteer that had worked with us for six or seven months," says Gary Wilkerson, the executive director of When We Love, a faith-based non-profit organization. "We really believed in the guy. We thought he was making a lot of progress."

Wilkerson identifies the man as Aaron Williams.

"We knew he was having to stay under a bridge," Wilkerson says. "And so we invited him into the building for the cold weather to try and give him a warm place to sleep."

Wilkerson says Williams betrayed his trust in a major way.

"Saturday night, he let another man and woman in and they pretty much cleaned us out on electronics."

Surveillance footage captured images of all three as they spent hours stealing laptop computers, a 50-inch plasma TV, a sound system and other electronics.

Willkerson says so far, the losses total almost $20,000 and that doesn't include the damage to the building.

"We had doors kicked in, and we don't have funding for those kinds of repairs. You don't put that kind of stuff in your budget."

To Wilkerson, the ordeal is a slap in the face.

"To know that somebody that you're trying to help and trying to improve not only his situation, but situations for all of those we serve, and to have them turn around and do something like this was just a real gut punch," he says.

Wilkerson says while the organization's mission will not change, he will likely not allow anyone to stay in the office overnight again.

"We certainly would think twice before letting someone stay inside the building even after knowing them for the amount of time that we knew Aaron," Wilkerson says.