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Ocean Pines Burglar Steals Cancer Donations

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A donation jar stolen from an Ocean Pines business. (Photo: Copy Central) A donation jar stolen from an Ocean Pines business. (Photo: Copy Central)
Surveillance photo of Ocean Pines burglary suspect. (Photo: Copy Central) Surveillance photo of Ocean Pines burglary suspect. (Photo: Copy Central)
Surveillance photo of Ocean Pines burglary suspect. (Photo: Copy Central) Surveillance photo of Ocean Pines burglary suspect. (Photo: Copy Central)

OCEAN PINES, Md. - A burglar recently broke into Copy Central in Ocean Pines and made off with money from the register and a donation jar filled with money for cancer patients.

Linda Dearing is the owner of Copy Central and said the burglary took place last Wednesday just before 1 a.m.  Dearing said she watched the burglar on surveillance video make his way around the back of the building before going inside.  The interior entrance to the store is where the burglar got in by breaking the door frame.

Dearing said she was notified of the crime by her office manager.

"And I said, 'No big deal. They got some money out of the register. Did they destroy anything?' She said, 'No,' and I said, 'Then that's fine. They take some money out of the register, we're OK,'" Linda Dearing said.

However, about an hour later, Dearing said she noticed another item the burglar got away with.  A donation jar on the store's counter.  The donation jar was put on the counter back in March and employees and customers would drop in dollar bills and loose change.  The money was being collected in the jar for a fund in Dearing's daughter's name, who she lost to colon cancer two years ago.  The money was going to be donated to help people with colon cancer.

"That jar had my daughter's picture on it, it had a blue ribbon for colon cancer.  It kind of had her story on it.  And that just felt like I was robbed of part of her," Dearing told WBOC on Tuesday.

The surveillance photos captured outside the business are a little blurry and tough to make out but Dearing is still hoping someone knows something about the burglary and can help bring a resolution to the whole situation.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Berlin Barracks of the Maryland State Police.

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