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Fundraising money stolen from Tillie's Touch

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Fundraising money stolen from Tillie's Touch
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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- A local charity suffers a setback as money raised to help underprivileged kids is stolen in Syracuse.

Tillie's Touch assists local children by providing them with new opportunities, like playing indoor soccer.

Saturday, the van belonging to the President of Tillie's Touch, Dale Johnson, was broken into in the parking lot of Sports Center 481 in East Syracuse. He says he was watching the kids play in a soccer tournament from 12:20 to 2 p.m. Johnson says a lockbox containing more than $500, check donations and raffle ticket stubs was stolen. He says without the ticket stubs or money, they won't be able to carry out next month's fundraiser, which is a big blow to the program.

The kids spent months selling the tickets and may not be able to continue playing.

"Whoever did this took out about 50 kids and I just would hope that if they have any kind of conscious that you would just give it back," Johnson said.

Johnson says he can refund money to people who purchased the raffle tickets.

DeWitt Police are handling the investigation.

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