Thief steals penny donation container from Buy Back Games store
Last Updated: 72 days ago
WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. - A thief stole a charity's donation containers at a video game store over the weekend.
The American Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired of Colorado put plastic can at 52 stores around the metro area asking for change.
"The containers say 'Your change can change lives. Support individuals who are blind or visually impaired by helping us reach our goal of one million pennies,'" according to community coordinator Martina Torres.
Torres said someone at the Buy Back Games store in Wheat Ridge grabbed the container and ran out last weekend. The store showed 7NEWS surveillance video from the theft.
The video shows a woman in a gray Nike shirt or sweatshirt wrap her right arm around the jar and pick it up from the counter before walking out of the camera's field of vision. A second camera angle shows the same woman putting the jar into a purse.
"The worker couldn't get to them fast enough," Torres said. "I doubt we'll see the money again, but we will prosecute them."
The ACBCO said donors at the Buy Back Games store had been generous. They had already filled the container once. ACBCO emptied the container and put it back in the store to keep collecting until the campaign ends March 31.
ACBCO is hoping Wheat Ridge police will be able to get a picture of the thief from surveillance cameras in the store.
Torres said they don't know how much money was in the container.
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