Donation jar swiped from New Bedford store

Surveillance photo of the two suspects.

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Police in New Bedford are looking for two women who made off with a donation jar full of money meant for a young cancer patient.

Investigators say the suspects entered Mark’s Beverage on Country Street last Wednesday. They distracted the owner, then made off with the jar.

Police have not said how much money they got away with, but the owner said he put the jar out on the counter to help a customer’s granddaughter, 4-year-old Haylie, who has leukemia.

“It made me sick to my stomach that they would steal from a 4-year-old girl that’s battling leukemia,” said Haylie’s cousin, Melissa Valliere.

Valliere and Haylie’s aunt, Kim Jansen, said the money was intended to help Haylie and her single mother pay for day-to-day necessities.

“My sister’s rent, her car, the gas going back and forth. She had to quit her job,” Jansen explained.

The first woman that walked into the store had what looks to be a brown streak through her dark hair, while the second was wearing an oversized gray sweatshirt, a winter hat and a backpack.

The family said another donation jar at a different store was also taken, but it’s not clear if it was the same suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Barry Pacheco at (508) 991-6300 ext. 133 or leave an anonymous tip at (508) 961-4584.

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