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April 19, 2013

Rosselli fundraiser money stolen

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — City police are investigating a report that cash receipts from a benefit were stolen on April 8 from a home on Walnut Street.

The benefit for Lee and Rose Rosselli was held on April 6, a Saturday, and the theft occurred Sunday, April 7, according to Matt Rosselli who organized the benefit for his parents.

Lee, 65, and Rose, 50, were seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on South Transit Road last October and were transferred by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center where they were hospitalized for more than six months.

According to Matt Rosselli, the benefit raised $4,000. About $3,500 in cash was stolen along with two televisions, a Playstation and Xbox. Assorted checks totaling about $500 were left behind. Among the 30 checks were those written by a judge and from a police organization. 

“A police investigation is going on. We have a case and we are looking into it,” Detective Lt. Scott Seekins said Thursday. “We believe it is not a random crime.”

The break-in occured between 7-11 p.m. The door was kicked in at the house and police believe the person who committed the crime knew that the money was in the house. “Somebody knew, and the pool of individuals is limited,” Seekins said.

Detective Kevin Schrader is in charge of the investigation and anyone with information is asked to call Lockport police at 439-6722.

“Somebody knew it was there,” Matt Rosselli said. “I really hope they catch them. I worked six months doing the benefit. We ended up negative.”

Lee Rosselli, the driver of the motorcycle, lost one of his legs and suffered a broken back as a result of the SUV-motorcycle collision Oct. 25 in front of Valu Home Center plaza. Rose Rosselli, Lee’s wife and passenger, suffered a traumatic brain injury. Each have endured several surgeries.

Lee and Rose are out of the hospital and back home on Clinton Street. Matt turned down work and is caring for his parents. “It’s definitely a challenge,” Matt said. “We’re managing. We’ve got to stick together.”

The fundraiser was held at the South Lockport Volunteer Fire Co., and Rosselli estimated about 150 people attended. 

Lee is a retired construction worker and Rose is a former cleaning service operator.