Car Burglary Leads To Donation Of Sports Gear To FHS Student

From top left: FTPD Det. Mark Keller, Sgt. Ken Schwarz, Lt. Mark Reiner, bottom left, Tanya McCray, Jerijah McCray at police headquarters when the McCrays picked up the donated sports gear. (Photo: Franklin Township Police Department).

Sometimes things do work out for the best.

The theft and use of a credit card last year recently ended with the victim being made whole, and a Franklin High School student the recipient of some new sports gear, according to township police.

During a rash of car burglaries in 2017, a township resident’s purse and credit cards were stolen. One card was used at a local store to buy a pair of Michael Jordan sneakers and other Nike gear, according to a release from the FTPD.

Police eventually arrested an adult and juvenile for the theft, and the credit card company honored the charges and forgave the victim of the theft for the charges.

That left the question of what to do with the sports gear, which was technically the property of the credit card company, according to the release.

The credit card company contacted FTPD Det. Mark Keller, who was in charge of the investigation, and told him to donate the items to a deserving person.

Keller huddled with Officer Al Burwell, the Franklin High School Resource Officer, and decided on a student who was deserving of the donation, according to the release.

Jerijah McCray, a graduate of the FTPD’s Youth Academy who the release said “continually proves himself as a leader among his peers” was chosen.

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