For the second time, money meant for two great causes has been stolen from the counter of a local convenience store.
It was back in May when two women were caught on camera swiping donation jars for the Wheeled Scotsman Foundation and Christine McGhee Fund from a Warminster, Pa. 7-Eleven.
Melissa Ann Sanginiti, 22, and Sofia Ugarte, 23, were later caught, charged and even made a court appearance for the alleged theft just last Friday.
But not long after that court appearance, a man went into the store along Street Road and stole money from a new donation jar left in the store following the first theft.
"Sickening, just sickening," said Bob Calhoun, a family friend of the McGhee family. The money being raised is going towards the young woman's medical bills after she was intentionally run down by her boyfriend.
Christopher Harper is equally as upset. His son Joe, who had muscular dystrophy, started Wheeled Scotsman to help others. He passed away in January and the family now runs the foundation.
"To take something that you know is going to somebody else, I don't know how you can justify that," Harper said. "It's like you get up, get put down, get up to get put down. How many more times…"
Investigators don't believe the thefts are related -- simply horribly timed.
Storeowner Dolores Henry says she's dumfounded by the thefts and thinks it may be time to make some changes with the jars.
"I just can't believe it," Henry said. "I think we're going to have to take [the jars] off the counter during the night, because that’s when it always happens."
Warminster Police say they don't have many leads in the case and are hoping someone will recognize the man and come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to call authorities at 215.672.1000.
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