Police said this woman stole donation jars from several convenience stores around York County. (Courtesy of nycrpd.org)
Police said this woman stole donation jars from several convenience stores around York County. (Courtesy of nycrpd.org)

God helps those who help themselves, or so the old adage goes. But He probably wasn't talking about helping one's self to charitable donations.

Northern York County Regional Police are trying to locate a woman who stole a charity jar from a convenience-store counter, then went to a different store for a second helping.

On July 6, the woman took a donation jar with cash inside from the counter of the Rutter's Farm Store in the 500 block of Greenbriar Road in Manchester Township, according to Lt. David Lash.

A week later, on July 13, she did the same thing at the Rutter's in the 2100 block of Susquehanna Trail, also in Manchester Township, Lash said.

The lieutenant said both jars had money earmarked for the Arc of York County, which helps people with intellectual disabilities.

"We have developed a suspect and we are trying to locate her," Lash said. Police have not yet released her name because charges have not been filed against her, he said.

Each month, Rutter's Farm Stores choose a charity and put out donation jars to raise money for that organization, according to Lash.

"At the end of the month, they collect all the jars and give the money to charity," he said, then choose another charity for the following month.

The unnamed woman is also a suspect in thefts of donation jars from two other convenience stores — one in York City, the other in Spring Garden Township, police said.


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Anyone with information about the woman's whereabouts is asked to call Northern Regional Police at (717) 292-3647 or call 911. Or leave a tip online at nycrpd.org.