Charges filed against duo

[lin_video src=×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1371859587&height=360&page_count=5&pf_id=9626&show_title=1&va_id=4109656&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=360 div_id=videoplayer-1371859587 type=script]

Weathersfield Police filed charges Friday against two Mineral Ridge residents accused of stealing $50 in change from a jar that contained money to be donated to those who suffer from leukemia.

Investigators have asked for the public’s help in finding Kimberly Chupa, who turns 43 on Saturday, and Duane Moore, 45, both of Main Street, who are facing misdemeanor theft charges in Niles Municipal Court.

Police said Moore and Chupa walked into the Ser Market on Main Street and walked around the store. Officers said surveillance video shows Chupa stealing a candy bar and a handful of change from the donation jar before fleeing.

Minutes later, Moore paid for some items, but stole the jar while he exited the store.

Reports said the jar was found empty near the building.

“A lot of people give their change, and a lot of people don’t have a lot of extra money to donate to these causes because it is a feel good type of situation,” said Niles City Prosecutor Terry Swauger. “It’s an offensive type of crime because it’s people’s charity you are robbing from.”

The owner of the Ser Market said he will replace the $50 the pair took from the Leukemia society.

Police need the public’s help finding the two and anyone with information is asked to call Weathersfield police at  330-652-6486.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s