Caught: Man Who Stole Leukemia Research Donation Jar Arrested

Mother of Isabella Pine announces the news Tuesday night.

UPDATE: Matthew Donadeo, 20, of Lindenhurst, was arrested Tuesday and charged with petty larceny in the theft of the jar, police said.  

A week-long search for a man believed to have stolen a donation jar from a Lindenhurst 7-Eleven has ended with an arrest. 

Dianne Pine, the manager of the store on N. Greene Avenue and the mother of late 8-year-old Isabella Pine, in whose honor the jar to collect cash for leukemia research was setup, announced the news on her Facebook page late Tuesday night.

"I'm so glad they finally caught him and I want to thank everyone who helped turn him in with all the tips everyone called about," Dianne Pine wrote. 

Pine told WCBS 880 last week that more than $11,000 had been raised for cancer research since the jar was placed in the store right after Isabella's death. The jar had about $75 in it at the time it was stolen on the night of Feb. 3. 

Archie Bunker February 18, 2014 at 09:57 AM
I know Karen, everyone is a victim here
jon bay February 19, 2014 at 09:29 AM
This sort of thing does happen elsewhere but our town is a haven for drunks & junkies. You need to get off your negativity soapbox,get your head out of the sand,&open your eyes and stop living in the past. The town is an eyesore. Wellwood looks like a zombie movie after dark.There are days that i see packs of kids ,cutting class,trespassing on properties all around the high school,yet when a complaint is made by a resident to the school NOTHING is done. Firemans Park is a haven for trouble and it looks like most of the rest of Lindy,a garbage dump..Shall I continue? This piece of trash is nothing more than a product of his environment. Unfortunately nothing will happen to this loser & he will go on to bigger things. Stealing cars,selling drugs,perhaps breaking into your house. Hey Archie,how ironic would that be?
Barack February 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM
^ old person
Archie Bunker February 21, 2014 at 10:51 AM
Cut his hands off!
jon bay February 21, 2014 at 06:36 PM


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