Money for cancer research stolen from Cape tattoo shop

January 20th, 2011 by Staff

CAPE CORAL: After five months of fundraising, nearly $500 was collected and then stolen in a flash. Now, a Cape Coral tattoo parlor is scrambling to replace that money for cancer research as police search for the suspect.

Tyler Ferguson, of Forever Tattoo Parlour, said they were raising money in an empty water cooler jug for Cape Coral’s Relay for Life.

“At least 300, possibly up to $500,” he explained.

He said it took five months to accumulate that money and that it was taken just days after a big weekend fundraising blitz.

“It really took a toll on me when I found out it was gone,” Ferguson said.

Workers say the theft went down just after noon Wednesday.

A nearby window washer came in offering his services for cash. Instead, he walked out with an entire bucket full of cash.

And a worker at a nearby business says he saw it all go down.

That worker nearby says he thought it was a routine pick-up. He says he didn’t put two and two together until police came a few hours later.

He said the middle-aged man was driving a mid-90s, green Dodge Caravan.

“It’s possibly the most money he’s seen on his person in quite some time,” said Mark Stewart, owner of Forever Tattoo.

Stewart says Cape Coral Police told him they have an idea who did it and that finding him and the money is a priority.

Now, Stewart and his customers are left to start fundraising all over again in time for May’s Relay for Life.

If you’d like to help out and make a donation, you can go into Forever Tattoo Parlour and drop one off. You can find a map with the business’ location on the upper right-hand side of this page.

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