Man Accused of Stealing Donation Jars Meant for Charity

The Sewickley man allegedly took donation jars meant for cancer patients and area volunteer fire departments. The alleged thefts took place on Neville Island, Scott Township and Peters.

A Sewickley man arrested this week is accused of stealing charitable donation jars from several businesses across the Pittsburgh area, including Scott Township.

The jars contained loose change to help cancer patients and area volunteer fire departments.

Ohio Township police Chief Norbert Micklos said they arrested Michael Coyle, 33, of Sewickley, after he allegedly took the donation jar at a 7-Eleven on Neville Island on Jan. 20. Ohio Township police, who cover Neville Island, charged him with theft and receiving stolen property.

But Micklos said Coyle also confessed to similar thefts in Scott Township and Peters.

Scott Township police said a donation box was stolen from the counter at the Panera Bread along Greentree Road. The theft happened on Jan. 21, although it was not reported until the following day.

Coyle has not yet been charged in the theft at the Panera Bread in Scott Township.

Meanwhile, Peters Township police Capt. Michael Yanchak said they’re investigating whether Coyle really is the man who walked into the Panera Bread on Route 19 and took the change jar. Yanchak said they have not charged anyone yet, but “there is a presumption” that Coyle was involved in the Jan. 14 theft.

“They sure look like they should’ve been connected. It sure looks like it might be his photograph,” Yanchak said of the surveillance camera video from Panera in Peters. “We’re now trying to get the information from Ohio Township (police) and match everything up.”

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fc January 30, 2013 at 01:00 PM
I would like to see a follow-up story to this and others like it as to the ramifications of his 'alleged' actions...Personally, I am tired of reading about PUNKS like this who steal loose change intended to help the hungry and the sick...pathetic. But I think these crimes will continue as long as there is no publicity about the consequences of their actions...In colonial days, the public humiliation of punishment did the trick, so maybe there needs to be a similar method. At the very least, a guy like this, needs to do community service...lots of it,especially since he has so much time on his hands and total lack of respect for others. And he not only needs to pay back the money he stole, but figure out a way of fundraising to contribute more money to these charities....I am so angry that it appears that these low lifes, are getting away with their crimes!
Terry Jones January 30, 2013 at 02:49 PM
@fc, yes this un-moral character is a punk not a man. Since we cannot throw stones at him like in the middle-ages at least he can (hopefully) be humiliated by getting caught on camera. Yes, a low-life is what he is.
same old story January 30, 2013 at 05:26 PM
we need names to hassle this punk
sieben13 January 30, 2013 at 07:49 PM
just another example of coloreds gone wild , they are animals
Dean Beattie January 30, 2013 at 07:57 PM
As I said on my Facebook page when I fed this through my feed - "Wow! How about get a job and not be an a$$hole. When this class act goes before the judge he should be sentenced to assist Hospice in the comforting of those with cancer on their death beds for a year so he can see who he was stealing from. What trash."


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