Police: Collection jar for cancer patient stolen at Metro-East restaurant

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 19 at 6:37 PM

GLEN CARBON, Ill. (AP) -- Investigators in southwestern Illinois are trying to find the person who stole a restaurant’s countertop jar that was accepting donations for a cancer patient.

Police in Glen Carbon say the theft happened Monday at an International House of Pancakes restaurant in Glen Carbon, just northeast of St. Louis.

It isn’t clear how much money was in the jar, but employees estimate there was between $200 and $300.

Workers at the restaurant were trying to raise money to help Mary TImms, a colleague with breast cancer who isn’t able to work because of treatments.

The IHOP's owner, Kal Ramadan, said Timms has worked there since November of 2011. He said the store set out the collection jar shortly after Timms was diagnosed in June 2012 and was unable to work.

The jar was stolen between Sunday night and Monday morning. When word got out, patrons and community members were eager to help. Ramadan said the store put a new jar out Tueday morning, and by noon, they had already collected $600. 

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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