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May 9, 2013

Man who stole donation jar sentenced

SUTTONS BAY — A Northport man will spend 10 months in jail for stealing a cancer victim’s donation jar.

Benny Lopez Jr., 23, stole the jar from Deep’s Corner Store in Northport in early January. The money was to benefit a local man with brain cancer.

Lopez was charged with larceny in a building. He was also sentenced to time served for a breaking and entering charge that stemmed from a November 2012 incident. Lopez admitted to stealing scrap metal from his former employer, S&J Landscaping, and selling it to a scrap yard.

He also confessed to stealing scrap metal from Cook Enterprises in Northport around that time. Lopez previously admitted to stealing jewelry from a family member of the mother of his children in August 2012 after deputies identified him in pawn transaction reports and surveillance video.

Lopez said he stole to support a pain pill addiction.

”To Benny’s credit, he’s admitted everything he’s done and was cooperative in the investigation and that’s going to go well for him if he’s set on his recovery,” said Doug Donaldson, chief assistant prosecutor .for Leelenau County.

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