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Charity box for woman hit in crosswalk stolen in Halifax store robbery

Owner Linda Mouchayleh said around $100 in a charity box was stolen, but the community will continue to fundraise.

Halifax Regional Police

Staff / Metro

Halifax Regional Police

Robbers might have stolen a charity box for a collision victim from a Halifax convenience store, but an owner said the community remains “strong” and they’ll keep raising more.

Halifax Regional Police say they were called to the Cove Market Convenience Store at 565 Herring Cove Rd. at 9:50 p.m. Saturday, after two white men in masks armed with long guns came in and injured an employee during the incident.

Owner Linda Mouchayleh said her husband was the only one in the store Saturday night when the robbers came in, and is “shaken” but unhurt.

Mouchayleh said her husband managed to make a quick move to imply he also had a gun and was going to shoot, so the suspects turned to run away - but rather than leave empty handed they took the charity box.

The box had the day’s donations for the woman in her 40s who suffered life-threatening injuries as she was hit using a crosswalk right in front of the store a couple weeks ago, Mouchayleh said.

Luckily, Mouchayleh said she’d been taking out the large bills from the donation box so they have about $400 raised so far, and the robbers only made off with about $100.

“Her family needs a lot of help with Christmas and everything, and people around here have been really, really generous,” Mouchayleh said.

A K9 unit was called but the suspects weren’t located.

While the robbers likely won’t return the money, Mouchayleh said “if they needed it that bad” and that’s the way they felt they had to take it that’s fine - they’ll just keep raising more for the collision victim and her family.

“We’re a strong community, we’ll stick together,” she said.

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