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California: Thief threatens to sue man for releasing crime footage

A man who posts surveillance clips showing people taking donated items from outside a thrift store in Coalinga, California, said he has been threatened with a lawsuit for sharing the videos.

Jarrod Smith, an employee at the Coalinga Community Foundation Thrift Shop

received a Facebook message from one of the women who allegedly stole donated items, but she’s not the only thief caught on camera.




Smith posts the clips on his TikTok account @larrylarkin0, but he said the problems arose after he began sharing the videos on a local community Facebook page.

“It’s kind of scary when someone is threatening to sue you,” Smith said as he remembered his initial reaction to receiving the Facebook message.

“I spent some time reviewing the laws, but there is no audio from the video.”



According to laws, it is generally legal to record video in public, though there are some specific laws in place in California.

Smith’s videos do not have original audio from the incidents. Rather, he uses a song in its place.