But beyond the crime, is the heartbreak of a little boy.
He's the one who set up the jar in Westport, hoping to raise money.
It had sat on the counter of Westport Hardware for months, a donation jar set up by Alex Geller, tinkerer, budding scientist and fundraiser.
He's just 10 years old.
Last year, Alex started turning rolls of multicolored duct tape into real wallets of different shapes and sizes.
The owner of the store agreed to let the fourth grader set up the display.
The money raised is to benefit the Westport Animal Shelter, a shelter with a no kill policy.
And though the facility is funded through the town, outside money is needed to keep the animals alive, healthy and in some cases rehabilitated.
A couple of hundred dollars had been raised, but suddenly last week the jar went missing.
News of the theft has led to an outpouring of donations.
Wednesday, Alex handed over a check for $560 thanks to all of the communities support.
It's money that will go to pay for surgery on one the dogs.
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