Police Arrest Suspect in Donation Jar Theft from Waterford Gas Station

Waterford police have arrested a man accused of stealing a donation jar for a dog rescue.

Police said 34-year-old Joseph Tonelli is suspected of stealing a jar filled with donations meant for Friday’s Rescue Foundation, a non-profit dog adoption organization in Southeastern Connecticut, from the counter of the Hess gas station at 124 Boston Post Road around 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16.

After releasing surveillance photos, police received several calls and direct messages identifying a suspect.  

Police said Tonelli is being charged with sixth-degree larceny. 

Several addresses are listed for Tonelli and he was previously arrested on failure to appear warrants, according to police. 

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