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Donation jar thief said to be Bay State man


PELHAM — Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man suspected of stealing a donation jar for a no-kill animal shelter from a local convenience store.

In early August, a man entered the Gage Hill Farms Convenience Store on Route 38 and stole the Feline Friends donation jar.

The man was caught on video surveillance and the footage was released to the public for assistance in identifying him, said Pelham Police Chief Joseph Roark.

With the help of the Methuen, Mass., police department and several anonymous tips, the alleged thief was identified as Justin McGrail, 32, of Methuen. A warrant has been issued for his arrest and the police department is looking for him.

According to police, McGrail is known to frequent the Methuen and Salem areas. Anyone who knows where he could be found, is asked to contact local police.

Since the jar was stolen, Gage Hill Farms Convenience Store manager David Bergeron said the there have been numerous donations and people coming into the store to support the Feline Friends. Bergeron estimates that as much as $500 has been donated since McGrail allegedly stole the jar.

Feline Friends is a no-kill, non-profit organization run by volunteers that uses foster homes and an adoption center at the PetSmart store in Salem for cats. Money donated to the organization goes toward the cost of supplies and healthcare for the cats.

Anyone with information that could lead to McGrail’s arrest is asked to call the Pelham Police Department at 635-2411.

aswift@newstote.com

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