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Arraignment moved for man accused of stealing funeral donations

August 20, 2010|By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com

GLENDALE — A 25-year-old Glendale man accused of stealing a collection jar for the funeral of a 6-year-old boy who died last week from leukemia posted his bail late Wednesday night, officials said.

Arthur Madoyan, who was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail, had been scheduled to be arraigned today, but that date was pushed to Sept. 28 in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Glendale, police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

Madoyan was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of burglary after allegedly stealing a donation jar Sunday afternoon from the El Mexicano Meat Market at 836 S. Glendale Ave. He told police that he spent the money on food and cigarettes, according to police reports.

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The market's owners had set the jar out in an effort to raise funds for the family of Eduardo Morales-Peña, of Lincoln Heights, to pay for his funeral.

Eduardo died Aug. 11 while waiting for a bone marrow match, officials said.

The funeral was expected to cost $1,800.

Soon after the burglary, Glendale police began pooling money together to help Eduardo's family pay for the funeral expenses. So far, they have gathered about $500.

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