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Grinch swipes money meant for troops, veterans

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Donations meant for troops and veterans this holiday season were stolen from a Colonie home. Our Megan Cruz more on this holiday heist.

COLONIE, N.Y. -- "Why don't we do something that can support the military?"

It's a question Kevin Eaton's girlfriend asked him four years ago. Since then, forget red and green; it's been a red, white, and blue Christmas at 24 Apple Blossom Lane.

"She's a proud member of a military family, I'm a proud member of people who served in the military, and we support them because they do so much for us," said Eaton.

That's why in addition to their patriotic decorations, they also collect donations. Every year, they choose a different branch of the military to donate to. Last year, they raised close to $1,200 for the Marine Corps League.

But this year, someone stole from them.

"Shock," he said. "And I was upset."'

Eaton says the donation box was broken into this past Sunday, some time between 1 a.m. and 5 p.m.

"I do usually get to it every night, but that night because of guests, I forgot about it," he said. "Usually the community is really good about honoring that, so I didn't think anyone would so something like that. It was a shock someone would take from the community and the military."

"Most likely occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday," said Lt. Robert Winn with the Colonie Police Department. "There's not a lot of people out, we don't have any witnesses, so unfortunately at this point we don't have any suspects."

Eaton says between $50-$100 was stolen, but he won't let this grinch or group of grinches ruin their holiday tradition.

"We immediately went out that night and bought a new one," said Eaton. "It's a safer box - the other one was plastic with a metal lock."

Patriotism or the holiday spirit: Eaton hopes whoever's responsible feels either one and returns the money.

"Understand what it means to the military, to the Colonie community," he said. "And maybe just drive by, slip it in the box, no one's going to know you did it."

If you have any information that could help with this investigation, please call the Colonie Police Department at 783-2744.

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