SOUTH GLENDALE — Donations have poured in for a family of a 6-year-old boy who died of leukemia and whose collection jar to help pay for his funeral was stolen last week.
The donations — which as of Tuesday totaled at least $5,800 — will allow Eduardo Morales-Pena's family to recoup the $300 loss and then some after the Glendale police officer who responded to the theft call started soliciting contributions.
Arthur Madoyan was arrested on suspicion of theft two days after the collection jar was stolen Aug. 15 from the El Mexicano Meat Market at 836 S. Glendale Ave.
"I didn't expect this," his sister, Anyeli Morales, said after receiving two checks from police and fire officials on Tuesday. "It's a shock, and it's really helpful."
Glendale Police Officer Matthew Wilson, a decorated Marine who has twice been deployed to Iraq, responded to the theft call and after discovering the money was being collected for Eduardo's funeral, began soliciting donations from fellow officers.