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Theft inspires generosity

"We had no concept of what the turnout would be like," said Shear. "We just weren't prepared for this."

Mahan took a pause from pulling bags out of cars to talk about the town-wide effort being displayed at the park Saturday.

"It's been bumper-to-bumper like this the entire time I've been here," she said.

Mahan said she was happy to see so many residents coming out in the negative temperatures to help out the humane society.

"It's beautiful to see the community to respond like this," she said. "And it's wonderful that we could set it up here at the Crossings."

On Monday, Feb. 2, Shear estimated that the humane society got back nearly 10 times the amount of cans they lost. In addition, Shear said, Price Chopper has pledged to match the reimbursement rate of the total number.

Public Relations Manager for Price Chopper Barbara Page said Price Chopper plans to match the dollar amount of the bottles and cans raised "nickel for nickel."

Also, Page said, a representative of Price Chopper presented Shear with a cash donation amounting to about $250, which represented money raised by employees in the corporate office of Price Chopper.

While the events that lead to the fundraiser unfortunate, the goodwill it inspired was apparent to anyone who attempted to use Albany Shaker Road the morning of the fundraiser.

When asked whether the robbery was a blessing in disguise, Shear replied, "If you're going to be robbed, it's great that the community can come out and support you like this.""

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