ELIZABETH - Elizabeth police have arrested the woman accused of stealing a jar of money meant for a 16-year-old with cancer.
Employees at the Alkazar Bakery tell News 12 New Jersey that they were told a suspect was arrested by police Friday. According to published reports, the woman was identified as 27-year-old Jessica Lopez.
The donation jar was stolen from the Alkazar Bakery in Elizabeth on Feb. 15. Surveillance video from the store shows a woman in a dark coat and hood talking to an employee behind the counter. The woman then takes the jar off the counter, sticks it inside her coat, and walks out of the store.
According to the bakery, the jar contained about $300 meant to help 16-year-old Kevin Blanco, of Kearny.
Blanco is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma. The teen has just begun another round of chemotherapy and his family is having difficulty with all the expenses. Several businesses in the area have been raising money to help with the medical costs.
Blanco and his family desperately need the funds, but the teen still showed that he has a generous heart after the ordeal.
"Some people are in need and there was enough there for her to take care of her family. I hope she just used it for a good cause,” he said.
The Elizabeth Firefighter Union donated $350 to replace the stolen money. The Elizabeth Police Union is also donating $500.
A benefit will be held for Blanco on Feb. 27 by the Elizabeth Uruguayan Club. An online donation site is also trying to raise funds