Police seek thief of t-shirts meant to be sold for AIDS charities

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Kristen Johanson
June 07, 2018 - 8:08 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Someone has stolen t-shirts which were being sold to raise money for AIDS charities in and around Philadelphia. 

Investigators say a man with a backpack walked into the Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room, located at 12th and Pine streets, on Tuesday around 3 p.m., and took about a $1,000 worth of the shirts.

Alan Chelak, who manages the non-profit store says the shirts are gray with an image of the LOVE statue on the front with "all the colors of the pride flag, including the black and brown stripe that the pride flag now has on it."

Chelak said, "Those shirts are really important." 

For each shirt sold, the profits are directed to different AIDS charities in the area. "Our proceeds work on different organizations in the tri-state area, that work on prevention, outreach, research and treatment for people living with HIV and AIDS," Chelak said.

"It is Pride Week, and a lot of people have made plans to come to the store to get the shirts from us so that they can support people in need," Chelak said. 

The Philadelphia Police Department have provided surveillance video that captured the suspect inside the store.