The theft occurred at the Hot Bagels Abroad & Deli located on Broad Street in Bloomfield, New Jersey. The woman reportedly walked into the deli shortly after 1 p.m. and placed an order at the counter.
While the woman waited for her order, she allegedly wrapped a jacket over a charity jar. She then walked out of the store and fled the scene on foot.
The charity jar was intended to help victims of RETT syndrome, a rare postnatal neurological disorder. According to officials, the jar contained roughly $300 in coins and bills.
Bloomfield detectives investigated the theft and obtained surveillance video footage from the deli.
Law enforcement believe that the same suspect also stole approximately $20 from a tip jar at the Dragon Chinese restaurant located on Vaux Hall Road in Union, New Jersey. Investigators were able to obtain surveillance video footage in that theft incident as well.
f the suspect is eventually identified and apprehended, she would face severe criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3, theft of movable property with a value of between $200 and $500 is a fourth degree felony. A conviction for fourth degree theft of movable property can lead to a sentence of up to 18 months in NJ State Prison.
The Bloomfield Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in tracking down the suspect. Anyone with information about the charity jar theft should call Bloomfield detectives at 973-289-0531.
For further information about this case, see NJ.com article entitled “Police Searching for Woman Who Stole $300 Charity Jar from Bloomfield Deli.”