Man swipes McDonald’s charity money

A homeless man has been charged in Bridgeport after he allegedly stole a box full of charity donations off the counter of a local McDonald’s late Friday night.

BridgeportWorkers at the McDonald’s in the 1000 block of Main Street called police around 10:20 p.m. Friday to report that a man had snatched the box of donated coins and bills right off of their counter.

They told an officer that the man was a frequent customer and that he had been in the restaurant for about an hour Friday, standing very close to the counter. The manager asked him to leave and he did, but not before cursing the employees and swiping the donations box.

Police searched the area but were initially unable to locate the man. Then an off-duty worker from the McDonald’s flagged down a police officer to say that he had been looking for the man and had seen him walking toward a parking garage on John Street.

An officer checked the garage and heard a loud metal banging noise and the sound of change being dropped. He found the suspect, identified as 49-year-old Peter Palumbo, sitting on the ground surrounding by a pile of change and loose dollar bills, with the damaged charity box nearby.

Officers took pictures of the money, bagged it and gave the $27 in donations back to the McDonald’s store manager. Palumbo was charged with sixth-degree larceny and third-degree criminal mischief. His bond was set at $500.

Wes Duplantier