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Man Charged In Biggby Donation Jar Theft

A 21-year-old man was charged Tuesday in the theft of a veterans donation jar theft.

A 21-year-old man was charged after police said he stole a donation jar containing hundreds of dollars for a Macomb County fallen soldiers' monument at the Monday evening.

Bryan Burrows was arraigned on charges of larceny from a building and possesion of narcotics in 41-A District Court Tuesday. A judge set a $15,000 bond for each charge and a probable cause hearing for Feb. 21.

Employees said Burrows had been sitting at the store on Van Dyke, just north of 23 Mile for about an hour before he walked up to the register around 9:15 p.m. as employees worked to close up and grabbed the donation jar off the counter. Burrows stormed out of the coffee shop and ran into his SUV parked outside, police said.

Witnesses and employees were able to provide police with a partial license plate number. Detective Lt. Stan Muszynski said police tracked down the suspected vehicle near 23 Mile and Van Dyke roads within an hour of the robbery, and arrested Burrows, who had been contacted by his family and urged to to turn himself in.

“I think it was good cooperation by the people that work at the store, as well as good police work that made the quick arrest happen,” said Muszynski.

Biggby employees told police there was between $300 and $400 in the donation jar. Local franchise owner Dave Daynko brought out a two-foot tall wooden donation box with a steel lock Tuesday.

for the Hearts of America Memorial at the Macomb County building in Mount Clemens to honor the county’s fallen soldiers since the beginning of February.

"He stole from dead veterans -- this wasn’t my money or the VFWs -- it was funds donated for a memorial on their behalf," said Danyko.

The stolen money has not been recovered.

Kermit Smith February 10, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Matt, do you really think that they guy who was caught gave the money back??? Look at his picture...looks like a drug addict.....and again out men & women of the Shelby Police Department do a GREAT job, responding, solving, and arresting a criminal...yet you complain...its never good enough for you, you will always have negative comments...why is that??? bad interactions with police? you a criminal? I have dealt with several members of our police department and I have never had a bad experience with them..all very professional....
Matt Guarnieri February 10, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Wasn't complaining at all. I was being hopeful that maybe the kid didn't have time to spend or stash the cash. I don't knock the cops at all, by quickly catching these punks they prevent crooks from thinking they can get away with these crimes. I don't always have necative comments, I try to see all possibilities and hope for the best first..... then... when it's appearent that no positive motive is evident..... I point out the obvious...... The memorial is a positive cause..... just wish there were less dishonest, selfish people around.
Kermit Smith February 15, 2012 at 04:34 AM
One of the obvious points Matt is that you spend way to much time whining & complaining about everything instead of doing something about it.....well except for holding up signs at board meetings....wonder what that accomplished.....
Matt Guarnieri February 16, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Mr. Smith, maybe some of the cash stolen was what I donated and I was concerned about it. Should I donate again? I feel the desire to. I snuck in put my money in and snuck out without ordering anything. I approve of the cause and feel its right to help and am sad about the theft and the behavior of the kid who stole the donations. I did not order a coffee. I only had the Bigby coffee once last spring, in the morning, it was very bitter, I tossed it. I am a purist, I like coffee black and strong not watery and bitter. I am considering a return drive thru though since I believe Mr. Danyko seems like a nice honest guy and I shouldn't hold him responsible for a bad cup just months after he opened. Maybe I will write about my experiences with coffee here, it would be a nice change of pace.
Jeffery Berz February 20, 2012 at 03:48 AM
It was probably Matt who dropped the pennies in the jar to sound like he made a contribution. You say you are sad. That's the most truthful statement you have made in a long time. A purist? LMAO!!!!! You make me laugh more and more all the time! Thanks for the comedy!

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