Charges filed against duo

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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.

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