FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Who would steal a jar full of coins, money meant for people battling a deadly disease? An otherwise ordinary robbery early Wednesday morning has more than likely angered lots of people because that's exactly what happened.
Two gunmen took money from the cash register, cigarettes and a full MDA donation jar from the Marathon on Clinton near Coliseum. The manager says the jar had at least $250 in it, money to support the local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Thursday afternoon Indiana's NewsCenter obtained the store's surveillance video of the robbery. Fort Wayne Police hope its release brings them tips in the case.
The suspects came in armed with guns. The store manager says his employee did not fight back and no one was hurt. The thieves got what they asked for and left.
This crime is something that has the local MDA chapter worried as volunteers in the community are trying to support a good cause.
"I mean definitely it's a risk you take. It's a method to raise funds and gather collections and definitely build awareness and MDA is all about that but you are putting the trust in those people’s hands and you just don't know. So it is somewhat of a worry, for sure," said Ashley Zumstein, executive director, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Fort Wayne.
Local businesses raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the organization every year. That is money that stays in northeast Indiana to help people battling muscle and nerve diseases. The MDA relies fully on donations because they get no government funding.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 436-STOP.
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