140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Monday, August 10, 2009

Thief steals from Shriners and ultimately kids


Curly Werner
The names, numbers and addresses of those who bought tickets are in the stolen duffel bag. The names, numbers and addresses of those who bought tickets are in the stolen duffel bag.

SPOKANE -- It's a crime that Shriners say is a senseless act against the children of Spokane and now they need the city's help tracking down a duffel bag.

The El Katif Shriners say they were selling raffle tickets for the popular duck race in Riverfront Park on Saturday when a thief made it off with a duffel bag full of $400 worth of cash and raffle tickets.

Von Chimienti said he put the now missing duffel bag into the back of his truck. Chimienti believes whoever took the bag must have watched him throw it in his truck.

"I looked in the back... the blue bag's gone...where'd it go?," Chimienti recalled. "I knew I didn't lose it between here and there."

Chimienti said he failed to lock his truck after he put the duffel inside, still fellow Shriner Curly Werner doesn't understand who would commit such an offense.

"Making off with a contribution to the Shriners Hospital, of all the dumb things to do," exclaimed Werner. "Robbing banks is one thing, but stealing from kids is something else, I'm sorry there are people like that."

Werner and Chimienti say they're worried about the raffle ticket stubs that were in the bag. The stubs contain the names, phone numbers and addresses of the 45 people who bought raffle tickets.

The theft comes just days after the officials announce the layoff of nine Shriners Hospital employees in an effort to keep all 22 of it's locations open.

The hospital, which has been financially strapped, will also reduce the hours of 13 other employees.

If you have any information about the crime or the bag's whereabouts, you are asked to call the Shriners at (509)624-2762.
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