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Police arrest woman accused of stealing money meant for cancer patient

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
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HAPPY, Ky. (WYMT) - (UPDATE: 1/29/14, 6pm)

Police have arrested a woman accused of stealing money intended for a Perry County cancer patient.

Perry County sheriff's deputies arrested Kristina Amburgey, 30, Tuesday night.

Sheriff's deputies say Amburgey told them she took the money because she could not afford to eat.

Amburgey is set to be arraigned Monday in Perry County District Court. She is charged with one count theft by unlawful taking under $500.

For more information on the case, read below.
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(UPDATE: 1/28/14, 11pm)

Money meant for a cancer patient is now in the hands of a thief.

Police are looking for the woman they believe stole a donation jar Thursday from a Perry County grocery store.

Surveillance video appears to show the woman stealing the jar from IGA in the Happy community of Perry County.

"This young lady came in and bought two boxes of salt and checked out," store manager Roger Creech said. "And when she got ready to leave, she just picked the money jar up and just walked out with it."

The woman spent $1.78 and signed the receipt as "Kristina Amburgey," Creech said.

The jar contained more than $100 in donations for Albert Lawson, 66, a loyal customer who is battling cancer, Creech said.

"You would think people would have more sense than to steal from people that actually need it," said Perry County Sheriff's Deputy Bruce Fields, who is working the case. "Most of the thefts you get are people stealing copper or stuff out of people's yards or whatever they can get their hands on. But actually trying to take this money away from somebody that's using it for treatment so they can live is a little different."

The woman who stole the jar will face at least one count of theft if she is caught, Fields said.

She may be driving a late-model red Dodge pickup truck, Fields said.

Anyone with information on the theft can reach the Perry County Sheriff's Office at (606)-439-4523.
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Original story, 1/28/14, 6pm

Donations meant for a cancer patient are missing, prompting police to search for the woman they believe stole the money.

Surveillance video from the IGA grocery store in the Happy community of Perry County appears to show the woman swiping the donation jar after completing checkout.

The woman spent $1.78 on two boxes of salt and then signed her name on the receipt as "Kristina M. Amburgey," the store manager said.

The jar contained more than $100.

"The manager had actually spoken to some individuals in town that knew her and gave her so many days to bring it back," Perry County Sheriff's Deputy Bruce Fields said. "She has not showed up with the money or anything like that, so now it's going to be criminal charges."

The donation jar was in place to benefit Albert Lawson, 66, a loyal customer of the IGA who is battling cancer.

If you have any information on the theft, you can reach the Perry County Sheriff's Office at (606)-439-4523.

We'll have more information tonight at 11.


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