Grinch swipes cash box from Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Manheim

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Police are looking for suspects after a cash box containing nearly $600 was stolen from a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Lancaster County on Saturday. The Manheim Downtown Development Group was hosting the 12th annual event when volunteers noticed the cash box  was missing from the organization’s booth.

“It’s extremely disappointing that someone would take the money.”  said Doreen Ober, Main Street Manager “This event, like our others, are run by volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to bring these family fun events to our community.  The events typically raises enough money to cover the expenses for that particular event.  We estimate that approximately $500-600 was stolen from the booth.

The Manheim Downtown Development Group is a non-profit organization that follows the National Main Street four-point approach to community revitalization.  Along with events held throughout the year, the organization creates marketing opportunities for businesses, hosts business education workshops, beautification programs such as the facade improvement grants and adopt a block, and other valuable programs to support the community.”

Anyone with information is asked to  contact the Manheim Borough Police at 665-2481 or the Manheim Downtown Development Group at 665-1762.

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