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Money To Pay For National Competition Stolen From Dance Studio

ACUSHNET (CBS) – A thief stole thousands of dollars from a dance studio in Acushnet.

Police say the man used a rock to smash the Off Broadway dance studio window this weekend. Inside he stole $3,200 from a locked drawer.

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Damage to the door at Off Broadway. (WBZ-TV)

That money was going to send 19 students to a national competition in New Hampshire in July.

Police say the man also broke into a pet business next door but did not find any money.

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A suspect stole $3,400 from a locked desk drawer. (WBZ-TV)

Surveillance video captured the suspect coming to and from the scene by bicycle.

Off Broadway owner Nicole Sanders said the dance students were saddened by the news. An online fundraising page has been created to try and raise money to pay for their competition.

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The suspect in an Acushnet dance studio break-in. (Image Credit: Acushnet Police)

"Devastated. They're crushed about it. We're all trying to stay optimistic," said Sanders.

"Hope he does the right thing, turns himself in and makes everything right."

A GoFUndMe page was set up for the students with a goal to raise $5,000. They have already collected nearly $6,000.

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