'Grinch' steals Christmas money

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By Moreland Jeff

A real-life Grinch has been caught on tape stealing Christmas.
According to information from Taylor County deputy sheriff Billy Rice, a man entered the Fast Track convenience store at the intersection of KY 55 and KY 3183 just before 7 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 5.
Rice said the man purchased a sports drink, then stood near the front counter of the store before stealing a jar that contained about $75. The jar was being used to collect donations for the Toys for Kids program, to purchase toys for underprivileged children in Taylor County.
Connie Wooley, administrative assistant with the Campbellsville Taylor County Fire Department, which operates the Toys for Kids program, said she has been involved for about 12 years, but she has never been aware of anyone stealing from the program before.
Lisa Harris, coordinator of the local Toys for Kids program, said she is not aware of any money being stolen, but she was taking action to prevent thefts from the donation jars.
“I was emptying the money out of the jars every week, and then we got busy and didn’t get to them all. We didn’t empty them that week, and that’s when the money was stolen,” Harris said. “That jar just got full really quick, and I guess he saw the opportunity to grab it.”
Harris said she doesn’t know why the man stole the money, but if he had needed help, someone in the community would have been willing to help him.
“You never know why people do the things they do, but if he needed help, all he had to do was come and ask. We have so many organizations in the community willing to help people, and someone would have helped him,” Harris said.
Although the money that was stolen has not been recovered, Rice said a good Samaritan has given money to restart collections at the store and continue to help purchase toys for local kids.
Toys for Kids collection jars are at numerous locations around the community, and Harris said they will be collecting money with the jars through Saturday, Dec. 16.
No arrests have been made in the theft, and Rice said the investigation is continuing. Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to contact the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office at 465-4351.