SEWARD — Donations that were intended for an 8-year-old boy’s expensive medical procedure were stolen, and the area Crime Stoppers organization is seeking information about who took it.
Mom’s Bar and Grill, located at 420 Lincoln St. in Seward, was burglarized sometime between midnight and 9 a.m. on March 18. According to Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings, speaking for Crime Stoppers, a bowl of cash donations to assist Derek Grabast was taken during the break-in. "Many people donated for this worthwhile cause and are angered," Akings said. "If you have information about this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 792-1300 or 888-305-1300. Remember, we don’t want your name, just your information."
Derek, a second grader at St. John Elementary, is the son of Brenda and Ken Grabast of Hudson. He has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, which is why friends and families in Barton and Stafford counties are attempting to raise $25,000 for Derek’s stem-cell treatment in Dusseldorf, Germany.
A door to Mom’s Bar and Grill was pried open to gain entry. In addition to the jar of money for Grabast, cigarettes and some of the bar’s money were also stolen.