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November 14, 2013

Another charity donation jar stolen

Police concern becomes reality as thief grabs money from counter


“We have been able to identify the person who took the jar from Nathan’s and that person is being charged with larceny under $250,” Thompson said. “Patrolman John Spero was able to identify and locate the person because of the store surveillance video.”

Police said a jar containing an estimated $50 in coins and bills was stolen from the counter of Nathan’s on Nov. 6. The theft was reported to police by the owners of the business at 6:30 a.m. that day.

Thompson said two men walked into the store and one of them distracted the female clerk while the other walked up to the counter and took a plastic jar containing money for the Gerrish Breast Care Center at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport.

You can’t reach into the jar to take money because coins and bills are inserted through a slot, the store owners said.

“The woman (owner) noticed it was missing after the two men left,” Thompson said.

“It was kind of low,” Thompson said about taking money intended for a charity. “Every now and then, a jar is set out for a worthwhile cause and somebody will help themselves to it.”

Police said the charge of larceny under $250 is punishable by a maximum of one year in jail or a fine of not more than $300.

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