Thief steals donation boot from outside North End firehouse

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BOSTON - A firefighter’s boot that was being used as a donation jar was stolen from its perch outside a Boston fire station, and now the search is on for the thief.

Firefighters estimate $500 was likely inside the boot when the thief made off with the cash.

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The stolen boot has since been replaced and now sits outside the Hanover Street Fire Station, where it’s been a fixture for years.

Firefighters told Boston 25 News that they came back from responding to a call around 5 a.m. Monday to find the boot, and the cash, missing.

It was later found vandalized and cut open near Battery Wharf.

The ‘Fill the Boot’ charity is one of the most well-known fundraisers for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Sadly, however, this isn’t the first time a thief has made off with donations.

The boot was stolen from the same fire station in 2013, and another was snatched from the Back Bay Firehouse two years ago.

“If you’re having issues, there’s other ways to go about it other than stealing from other people,” firefighter John Flowers said.

Residents, too, are upset about the theft.

“It makes me angry,” North End resident Sarah Shalek said. “It makes me sad someone would stoop so low to do something like that.”

Boston 25 News was at the fire station when Boston police arrived to take a report on Wednesday. 
Police are also checking to see if there are any surveillance cameras near the spot where the boot was found.

The search for the thief continues. 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police.

If you're interested helping to fill the new boot with donations, stop by the firehouse at 392 Hanover St. 

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