HARTFORD — After learning of a theft involving a school fundraiser, Hartford firefighters are stepping in to cover some of the loss.
The Hartford Firefighters Association donated $500 to the Hartford Parents Club to help cover some of the $1,395 police say Candi Eyer, 33, of Hartford, stole from the club’s TJ’s Pizza fundraiser for Hartford Elementary School.
“We have an awesome community that supports each other in difficult times,” Police Sgt. Brandon Flanigan said in an email.
Eyer was charged March 4 with a Class 3 felony for theft over $500. She posted $2,500 cash bail and her next court date is March 16 before Associate Judge Neil Schroeder.
Flanigan said his investigation began Sept. 27, when the new president and vice president of the parents’ club told him there were unauthorized transactions on an ATM debit card in the possession of Eyer, the club’s former president. Flanigan said Eyer told him in an interview her boyfriend used the wrong debit card, and she paid back $1,200.
On Sept. 30, the vice president told Flanigan $1,395 in cash was missing from the pizza fundraiser. Flanigan brought Eyer back in for another interview and she denied involvement. She placed the fault on the school, saying no one confirmed how much money students turned in. A teacher and secretary were both involved in counting the money before giving it to Eyer.
“That’s what took so long to get charges on her; because there was that doubt that she wasn’t the only one who had access to the money,” Flanigan said. “So it took me a couple months, but I eventually convinced her to come in and do a polygraph test, and as a result of the polygraph test she confessed that she took the money.”
Eyer told Flanigan she took the money to pay off debts and bills.
Flanigan said the allegations have been getting a lot of attention in Hartford.
“It’s getting spread around via Facebook,” Flanigan said. “Hartford’s a small town and everybody knows everybody, so it didn’t take long for this to get out.”