A rural Neosho man has been charged with misdemeanor theft after being caught on a convenience store’s surveillance video apparently stealing a donation jar from the counter.
Kenneth Leo Regina, 33, 6944 Olive Lane, faces a Class A misdemeanor theft charge in connection with the theft of the collection jar. A class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail and / or a $1,000 fine. Regina is scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. July 21 before Newton County Division II Associate Circuit Court Judge Greg Stremel.
He is accused of taking a fundraising jar from the counter of Get N Split, located between Neosho and Seneca at Copeland’s Corner, on June 6.
The store’s owner posted on the grocery’s Facebook page that the jar was placed on the counter last Thursday to help her father, who was diagnosed with stomach cancer in February and is undergoing chemotherapy.
According to court documents, Regina allegedly put the collection jar under his shirt, then walked to the bathroom. Moments later, he left the restroom and the store. The empty collection jar was found in the bathroom.