Sun Staff Report
PELHAM -- Police have issued an arrest warrant for a Methuen man they say pilfered a donation jar with money intended for supplies and health care for cats.
In a statement, police said Justin McGrail, 32, is the person caught on videotape taking the jar from Gage Hill Farms Convenience on Aug. 2. Police said McGrail is known to hang out in Methuen and Salem, N.H., and are asking for the public's help in locating him.
Donations were to benefit the Feline Friends Fund, a nonprofit in Salem. Feline Friends utilizes foster homes and an adoption center located in the PetSmart in Salem. All donations go directly to caring for the cats.
Store manager David Bergeron said there was about $100 in the jar when it was taken.
Police said the store had offered a $200 reward in the case. The anonymous tipster who identified McGrail asked that the reward be donated to Feline Friends, which the store did, Bergeron said.
Since the jar was stolen, Bergeron said that customers have donated around $500 to the cause. While most of the donations have been small, the American Legion Post 100 in Pelham made a donation of $150, he said.
"The customer base that we do have is a lot of local people, a lot of people from the neighborhood. When they heard about the whole incident everybody was very generous," Bergeron said.
Bergeron said the reaction from the community had sent a clear message.
"I think it's great.
Police ask that you call 603-635-2411 if you have any information about McGrail.