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Theft of donated checks not going to stop donor


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POSTED: Saturday, December 12, 2009

A donor whose check was among the $128,000 in checks and cash stolen from the Aloha United Way office last month said the theft is disturbing, but it will not deter him from donating again.

“;I will always support the Aloha United Way,”; said Jim Fulton, who is the spokesman for the Honolulu city prosecutor's offices but was speaking on his own behalf.

Police declined to release details of the break-in at the AUW office at 200 N. Vineyard Blvd. over the Thanksgiving weekend. Officials believe the break-in occurred Nov. 29 or 30. Aloha United Way also declined to provide details due to the ongoing investigation.

Forty-five companies on Oahu participated in the recent fundraising campaign. Aloha United Way officials recommended that donors report their stolen checks to their financial institutions and request a stop payment. Donors are also advised to sign up for free credit reports to check for suspicious activity.

Fulton said he was informed within two days of the burglary that his check was stolen. He immediately stopped payment on the check.

The prosecutor's office was among the businesses and government agencies involved in the campaign that held special fundraising events in September and October. No public donations were collected by the office. A few people, described as friends of those in the department who wrote checks, were notified and have taken corrective measures, said Fulton.

Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.