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Money stolen from cancer donation jug at popular Trumansburg restaurant

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Trumansburg Police are investigating the theft of several hundred dollars from the Falls Restaurant.

Police Chief Thomas Ferretti said the money was taken not from the register, but from a five gallon clear jug that was being used to raise money for pediatric cancer. The theft is believed to have happened last Saturday.

Restaurant co-owner Fred Van Der Zee says he’s been out of town for the past week, but has heard that employees first noticed the jar was stolen on Sunday morning. He says he can’t believe it.

“Disbelief. I figured somebody was trying to pull a joke on me,” Van Der Zee told WHCU News.

The money was for an effort known as T-Burg Takes on Pediatric Cancer, which was started in recent years when friends of Van Der Zee’s lost their child to cancer.

The organization is scheduled to hold a fundraiser Feb. 8.

“The jar has been out there since last February,” Van Der Zee said. “We were going to take it down for the event that’s coming up next weekend, which is kind of ironic.”

He says he can’t imagine that anybody from the local community took the money, since they’ve been so supportive.

Anyone with information is asked to call Trumansburg Police at 607-387-6513.

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