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Man arrested for stealing slain state trooper’s donation jar

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YORKTOWN, Va. — A York County man was arrested and charged with stealing a donation jar set-up to collect money for the family of slain Virginia State Trooper Chad Dermyer. Tyree Burrell, 25, was arrested Saturday.

Store security images released April 20 showed the suspect man inside the 7-Eleven on Route 17 in Yorktown.

“The clerk said he [the suspect} was a regular who drives a dark 4-door car,” York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt Dennis Ivey Jr said last week.

Donation jar theft suspect

Donation jar theft suspect

Investigators did not say exactly how they identified Burrell as a suspect.

“The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office is grateful to the public for their assistance in this matter,” a sheriff’s office spokesperson said.

Donations for Trooper Dermyer poured in from across the country

In the days following Dermyer’s shooting death, the executive director of the Virginia State Police Association said $55,000 in donations had been sent in from around the country.

That money would go to support the trooper’s widow and two children.

Trooper Dermyer and family

Trooper Dermyer and family

How to Help

The Virginia State Police Association is accepting donations for the Dermyer family.

Checks should be addressed to VSPA Emergency Relief Fund and with Trooper Dermyer in the “memo” line.

Donations can be mailed or dropped off at the VSPA at 6944 Forest Hill Avenue in Richmond, Virginia 23225.