HAZEL GREEN, Ala. (WHNT)-- After Dewey Tate's truck was stolen, then found late Tuesday night, his community rallied around him in his time of need.
Florence Police arrested Mark Anthony Lard late Tuesday night after learning the truck was parked in town.
WHNT News 19 has learned that Tate now has his truck back, and his friends--and even complete strangers-- wanted to make sure he got the belongings that were in it back too.
They raised money through the Hazel Green Building Supply store; it was enough to buy him all new hand tools and paint to keep painting the birdhouses that support his family.
The store's customer service worker, Stacey Waller, said, "He was actually crying out here because [of] everybody. It was sweet."
He said this incident touched a lot of people, and motivated them to help. Many came out anonymously to donate money, deposit extra tools for Tate to use, even buy birdhouses from his table outside the store.
"A lot of people were moved by the bad experience. And there's people who came up here and they were crying because they understand," Waller said.
Tate built up a $1000 store credit at the building supply store, courtesy of donors.
There was also an automotive store prepared to give him another truck if he didn't find his old one.