A donation jar to help cover medical expenses was stolen from the counter of the Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard in LeClaire on October 17th.
In September, Zach Fisher passed away at the age of 22. He had been in the hospital for several weeks receiving treatment for a blood infection. The family had placed the donation jar on the counter in the store to help with the costs of the medical bills, as well as setting up a GoFundMe page.
This was not the only thing stolen that night. There was a second jar out for donations to Dimes for Dogs, an organization which raises money for local animal shelters. Stephanie Fisher, mother to Zach and manager at the store, says they have been collecting money for the organization for many years. Patrons are known to be generous.
“People donate to that every single day, whether they’re local people, out of town people. Any pet lover donates to that and some customers donate two or three times a day,” Fisher said.
Fisher also worries the recent theft may discourage people from donating, saying “I think that the more negative stories that people see and hear of stealing going on, the less likely they are to donate to good causes.”
The LeClaire Police department shared the surveillance footage to their Facebook page. The post has been shared over 200 times, and Shane Themas, the Chief of police, says it has generated numerous leads. If you have any information, you may contact them through Facebook, or call at (563) 289-4242.
In August, there was another donation vessel stolen during Tug Fest, which was anonymously returned later. LeClaire Police believe there is no connection between the two incidents.
You can donate to the family’s GoFundMe Page here.