ILION – For the second year in a row, a donation canister for Ilion Pop Warner football was stolen from a convenience store this week.
On Aug. 28, a man entered Greenie’s Market on West Main Street, placed the canister under his shirt, and left. The incident was all caught on camera, said Greenie’s Market Owner Itwar Singh Aujla.
When the man returned the next day, Aujla confronted him, asking if he stole the canister.
“At first he said no but then I showed him the picture and he admitted it,” Aujla said. “I asked if he would return it but he said maybe the money was already spent.”
Aujla then informed the man he is not allowed in Greenie’s Market anymore. Aujla said he does not know who the man is by name and that he turned the camera footage over to Ilion police.
Police say they are currently investigating the incident.
The money raised through canisters goes toward new equipment and uniforms, as well giving children in difficult financial situations the opportunity to participate in Pop Warner for free as part of a no-child-left-behind program.
In July 2016, a Pop Warner donation canister was stolen from the Ilion Nice n’ Easy, now Cliff’s. According to the Central Valley Lightning Facebook page, the perpetrator of that theft was found and charged.
Anyone with information in this current theft is asked to call Ilion police at 315-894-9911.