Foster's Home for Children will soon receive several unexpected gifts from an unlikely giver.
On Monday, Erath County commissioners named Foster's Home as the benefactor of 17 bottles of designer fragrances and 14 MP3 players seized from a credit card theft.
Investigators in Ohio contacted the sheriff's office with information that property purchased with a stolen Ohio credit card was being shipped to an Erath County address.
Sheriff's investigators identified and questioned a woman who claimed she was receiving the UPS packages from a friend she had met online and had no idea the items were stolen. The woman was not arrested, but the property was seized.
The credit card theft victim was identified as an Ohio police officer who said he did not want the stolen items, so commissioners voted to donate the cologne and electronics to the Foster's Home.
Foster's Home will use the merchandise for birthday presents, special gifts and awards for student recognition, said Glenn Newberry, president of Foster's Home.
"We try to give our kids some of the things that many other children have," Newberry said.
Meanwhile, Sheriff Tommy Bryant warns residents to be weary of scam artists.
"Be very cautious of who you are speaking with both online and over the telephone," Bryant said.