Woman walking out of spa with employees purse
BUFORD, Ga. -- While most people went to a cancer fundraiser in Buford with generous hearts, one woman went with the intention to steal.
The fundraiser was for a 12-year-old boy who has cancer for the second time in his short life.
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Connor McMahon battled and beat the cancer he got when he was 3 years old. After he was cured, he started a program called Connor's Hope to help other children with cancer.
After learning earlier this year that he had lymphoblastic leukemia again, the battle was on. Connor's Hope is now helping his family defray exorbitant medical costs.
Last Wednesday, the boy's father held a fundraiser at Massage Envy, a spa he owns on Buford Drive. One hundred percent of the proceeds from that day went directly to Connor's Hope.
During the fundraiser, when most people were being generous with their hearts, a woman sneaked into the spa with theft on her mind.
"It's such a shame that we had to take away from such a positive event and turn it into a negative," Don McMahon, Connor's father, said.
McMahon showed 11Alive News surveillance video from his business and pictures of the woman who committed the crime. While employees were busy with the fundraiser, the woman walked into an employee break room and broke into one of the employee's lockers.
The woman stole the employee's purse and $200 in cash, along with her
driver's license, a pair of $300 sunglasses and credit cards.
"I know that there's tough times right now and I know people are struggling, but there are better ways to do it," McMahon said.
McMahon wondered what would make someone, who obviously knew it was a fundraiser, do that.
"Desperation," he said. "But it's sad that this person would see a fundraiser being done at a business and then come in and steal from one of the employees."
After the theft, McMahon went to the hospital to visit his son and told him what happened at the fundraiser. Connor was asked how he felt about that.
"I think it took away a lot of the positive energy that was in the business that day," he said. "And it kind of brought it down."
More than $2,000 was raised, but the theft was a sour note.
"We have been touched by thousands of people who have supported Connor, but unfortunately this is one bad element," his father said.
Anyone with information about the female suspect is asked to call Gwinnett County Police.
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