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Customers chip in after military veterans' donations stolen

Customers chip in after military veterans' donations stolen


The community of Lodi is rallying behind a local A&W restaurant after a thief stole donations they'd been collecting for the Wounded Warrior Project. Staff believe the suspect is a repeat customer.

"The guy came in, ordered ice cream, and as soon as she turned around to make it for him, he grabbed it and ran out the door," Petter Knight of A&W said. "It's terrible. We were pretty sad."

The theft absolutely crushed employees. The thief made off with about $50 in Wounded Warrior donations.

"The Lodi police responded quickly," Knight said. "They were looking at our video within an hour."

And they weren't the only ones. Knight uploaded the security video to Facebook, reaching 20,000 people by Saturday morning.

"I think it's horrible and I hope they catch the guy," one customer responded.

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