Volunteers at a west Nashville thrift store are baffled as a thief continues to cut buttons off of clothes.
West Nashville's This & That Thrift Shop benefits St. Luke's House, a charitable organization that provides a number of programs in the community, including hot meals for seniors and after school programs.
"They're destroying perfectly good outfits that could be sold here in the shop," said volunteer Ginny Griffith, who is also the store's Treasurer.
Volunteers told Nashville's News 2 that a thief has been cutting buttons off of garments in the store's inventory, leaving damaged clothing behind that cannot be sold.
"They just pull them out and cut the fabric and everything so the article is not attractive anymore," said Rice.
The store is equipped with security cameras, but so far the button bandit hasn't been identified.
There is no shortage of speculation as to the thief's motive.
"The person could be re-selling the buttons," theorized volunteer Ginny Griffith. "They could have some sort of obsession or compulsion to do it."
"[I don't know] if they're just saving them or hoarding them," Rice added. "No one can figure it out."
Volunteers have hung signs throughout the store, warning the button thief that they take the crime seriously, and they intend to prosecute.
"We want the person to stop. If we find out who the person is and catch them, we will prosecute them," said Griffith.
The store is offering $20 gift certificate to the store as a reward for any leads in the case.