At some point after the store closed for the holiday and before the cleaning company hired to service the establishment entered, someone broke into the building through a rear door and stole what is believed to be a small amount of money collected each month for a scholarship fund.
The invader had no access to any significant money, according to Rep. Melo, a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives from District 64 and the House Finance Committee chairman.
Instead, the thief took a canister off the wall, which contained loose change and possibly small bills intended to be donated to the Burger King/McLemore Foundation Scholarship Fund. Rep. Melo explained the scholarship was created in honor of the late Burger King co-founder James McLemore. Money is removed from the canister once and at the end of each month. Rep. Melo guessed there likely no more than $60 in the canister at the time of the theft.
The incident was reported to East Providence Police and remains under investigation. It was the first of three serious events to take place in the city over the Thanksgiving Day weekend, including a robbery of the Domino’s Pizza on Pawtucket Avenue and the stabbing of two local men on Crescent View Avenue.