Neighbors confront woman driving SUV "packed with stolen food donations"

Posted at 9:02 PM, May 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-16 00:02:10-04

A woman says she confronted the person she saw stealing food donations meant for the Postal Service Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

Collection day was Saturday, as people across the country let donations in bags marked for the food drive.

Around noon, at the High Country Villas townhomes in Encinitas, Patty Troche was walking to a friend's home when she says she saw another woman picking out food in one of the bags near a cluster of mailboxes.

Troche says when asked what she was doing, the woman pointed to a young girl - about 11-years-old - sitting in the passenger seat drinking an In-and-Out soda and said, "She's thirsty."

Troche says she demanded the casually dressed woman put back the bag she had loaded up and she did.

"I then looked in the back of her SUV and saw 30 to 40 bags," Troche said. "I was dumbfounded and more angry."

The woman drove off, but not before Troche took out her phone and snapped a picture of the SUV.