Charitable clothing company falls victim to theft, losing thousands of dollars in inventory

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A storage unit that contained at least $60,000 in products was burglarized.

Some products where meant to be sold here locally and some to be donated to children in third world countries.

The local organization, B.Love Clothing sells shoes, shirts and jeans for profit then donates a similar clothing items to children in need throughout the world.

Each article of clothing sold has an invitation number that matches an article of clothing that will be given to the children.

The purchaser can use the number to follow where the clothing was donated and which child benefited from the clothes and shoes.

This theft comes on the heels of one of the organization's biggest outreach events per year. B.Love Clothing's owner, Brandon Smith is also the founder and organizer of Love for Thanksgiving an event that feeds 40,000 needy individuals locally.

Ironically the theft took place around the same time the Thanksgiving feeding was taking place. 

Smith had the items stored at the Extra Space Storage facility on Buck Owens Boulevard.

The storage facility says there is surveillance video and will be handing the video over to the BPD.

The manager told Smith that they have a pretty good idea of who the culprits are and Smith has a message for the thieves.

"It's just stuff, I forgive you. There are no hard feelings. If you see the items and realize what it is, you can return the items and no charges filed against you," said Smith.

In the meantime, many of the items that were stolen we're meant to be given to needy children and Central America in January.

"Now without inventory there's not much we can do at this point," said Smith.

Once the word of the theft got out, some in the community are trying to help Smith reestablished the the clothing that was stolen.

Local architect, Arin Resnick donated $350 to Smith's cause and has issued a challenge to other architects as well as the community to help.

"If we can do that, I know we can raise several thousand dollars and I know that will make a difference at least a start," said Arin Resnicke of Golden Empire Design Architects.

For more information about the clothing line, log onto http://blove.co/blove-clothing-company/

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