An investigation was underway this weekend after a burglar smashed a vehicle window and stole money given to the Modesto Police Canine Association for the nonprofit organizations annual fundraiser.
The association on Friday night held its fifth annual Crab Feed fundraiser at The Seasons event center at 945 McHenry Ave., just north of downtown Modesto. The money raised helps the Modesto Police Departments K-9 Unit produce stickers and cards for children, participate in advanced training, purchase safety equipment and assist in the care of retired police dogs.
The vehicle burglary occurred in the parking lot sometime between 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., after most of the attendees had left and organizers were inside cleaning up, said Modesto police Lt. Brian Findlen. The burglar snatched cash and checks that were in an envelope, but not all the events proceeds were inside the burglarized vehicle.
Findlen said the event organizers were still trying to determine how much was stolen. Officers have collected evidence from the scene and handed off the investigation to detectives.
The organizers were calling those who provided donations in a check. Findlen suggested that those who submitted checks but have not been contacted by association members by today call the department at (209) 572-9500 and ask for the nonprofit groups treasurer, Dan Starr.
The association also was reaching out to its donors through its Facebook page, apologizing for the inconvenience.
We are extremely grateful to those who have already rewritten a check to MPCA, according to the association message on Facebook. As always, we are touched by the generosity of our community, family and friends.
Police ask anyone with information about this vehicle burglary to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can email through the Crime Stoppers website, www.stancrimetips.org, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing Tip704 plus a message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.