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Police: Man Who Stole Children's Hospital Donation Jar Arrested

Thomas Campion is arrested a day after theft from Lindenhurst's Flag Beverage.

Thomas Campion is charged with petty larceny. (SCPD photo)
Thomas Campion is charged with petty larceny. (SCPD photo)

A Babylon man was arrested Sunday and charged with stealing a donation jar meant for a children's hospital from a Lindenhurst store, police said. 

Police said Thomas Campion, 49, was arrested at Panera Bread on Montauk Highway in West Babylon around 5 p.m. 

Surveillance footage from Flag Beverage, at 75 West Hoffman Avenue, showed a man stealing the jar, which contained about $200 designated for Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, on Saturday afternoon. 

Flag Beverage owner Anthony Mainini set up the donation box for the hospital that he said "saved my son's life." 

Mainini told News 12 that his son, also named Anthony, has had multiple open heart surgeries after being born with a heart condition. 

"Seven years ago, when nobody else had hope for him, this hospital helped him," Mainini told News 12 of Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, which is located in Manhattan. 

After Campion's arrest, Mainini thanked those who shared the surveillance video of the theft. 

"When someone crosses the line we will stand together as a community and not tolerate it," Mainini wrote on the Flag Beverage Facebook page. "My family and I can't thank you enough. Please pray for this man."

Campion is charged with petty larceny and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on May 2. 

Stevo March 11, 2014 at 11:07 AM
Hey Arch, it seems some people complain most when something is free and they don't like it. It's the entitlement mentality that many folks have these days.
Frank Esposito March 11, 2014 at 12:33 PM
Thanks for the kind comments Archie. We can always count on you for an intelligent reply. Also, as you can see now at my speak out the editor Ryan bonner rather gracefully replied and stated the issues he is dealing with. They acknowledge problems maintaining the hyper local idea behind the Patch at this time. His situation is very understandable and some of his workaround suggestions are very good - for now. I wish him luck and success. I write a lot at other sites under many different names - national local and special interest site. In the flow of things I commented here absentmindedly failing to keep it hyper local and attracted some foul people. Enjoy the rest of your day Archie and keep up the good work. Looking forward to reading more of your great replies to me. Always short and to the point. Much better than my style. I wish I had your skill
GLENN March 11, 2014 at 09:32 PM
Not much different from what the CEO's of these cancer non profits do, you donate $1.00 and they get 95 cents. The nickel goes to research, they just do it in a suit. Poor guy, I hope he get's the help he needs.
Sal Anthony March 12, 2014 at 05:19 AM
Hes a junkie

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