Jar for charity stolen at 7-11

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The man who stole the canister could clearly see what he was doing. It’s not the act of theft itself that frustrated John and Jane Hyder, longtime franchise owners of the 7-11 convenience store at Lockhaven Drive and River Road. Instead, it’s what got stolen at 6:14 a.m. on April 4. The store’s video surveillance cameras caught a short, young Hispanic adult male swiping a canister off the counter while an accomplice distracted the clerk by asking for a pizza to be prepared. For years, the Hyders have had the canister on the counter to collect money in support of Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB). Both John and daughter Jill have Retinitis Pigmentosa, a retinal degenerative disease more commonly referred to as tunnel vision. Jill is co-chair of the foundation’s annual fundraiser, the Oregon VisionWalk coming June 28 at Oaks Park in Portland. “It’s not stealing from us, it’s stealing pure donations,” Jane said. “For me, it doesn’t get any lower than that.” John said the canister, about two-thirds full at the time, is usually chained to the counter. He doesn’t know if it was already unhooked or if the suspect did that. “We collect several hundred dollars a year,” John said of the canister. “It all goes to VisionWalk. We’ve had it more than 10 years.” Jane said with the family history of...

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