Donations Stolen from Fundraiser for Ill Woman
Heidi Willcocks says friends and family members drove from far and wide to be with her recently at a benefit aimed at raising money to cover some of Willcocks' rising medical bills.
Willcocks suffers from a rare respiratory illness and may need a lung transplant.
That's why more than 300 people stuffed cash and checks in cowboy boots and a gift box at a benefit held at Pinehaven Farm in Wyoming, Minn.
However, when Heidi and her husband Jeff opened the gift box after the benefit they found just four cards and $50. Benefit attendees were attempting to raise $10,000.
The theft is similar to a nearby wedding gift box theft in Ham Lake, which officers are investigating in conjunction with two other wedding gift box thefts.
Wyoming police did not immediately tell us whether the barn dance theft is connected to the wedding thefts, but Willcocks says the timing and proximity are suspicious.
The Willcocks are still accepting donations to the "Heidi Willcocks Benefit" at First State Bank of Wyoming, or click here to donate online.