Berks

Woman arrested for stealing donations for children's hospital

Chief: 'It is a time... of giving and not taking'

AMITY TWP., Pa. - Money meant to help sick children ended up in the wrong hands, according to police in Berks County.

"She was seen nonchalantly taking the money out of the children's donation bin and walking out of the store," said Chief Andrew Kensey, Amity Township Police Department.

The theft, captured on surveillance video, happened Tuesday afternoon at the Speedway store on Route 422 in Douglassville.

"You have an issue whereas people are kind enough during this time of year to donate money for a really good cause, and then someone comes in and takes," Kensey said. "It's just unfair and just generally not right."

The jar contained only about $3 in donations for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, but the small amount of money isn't what's important to police.

"Whether it's a small amount or not, it's just the principle of the matter," Kensey said. "It is a time... of giving and not taking and, in this particular situation, that's what this person did nonchalantly without any care or concern."

The suspect, identified by police as Rachel Fleagle, was arrested a short time later on the parking lot of the nearby Rite Aid pharmacy, where she subsequently admitted to taking the money, according to court documents.

"I understand that people have problems. We're well aware of that," Kensey said.

In addition to theft charges, Fleagle, 25, is also facing drug charges after a search of her car turned up what appeared to be methamphetamine, police said.

As for the theft, the chief said he hopes it serves as a valuable lesson to others.

"To think about taking money from people that are donating, not to do it," Kensey said. "It's just not the right thing to do."


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