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A 32-year-old Lawrenceburg man appeared via video for an arraignment in District Court on Monday morning after allegedly stealing money from the Bobby Best poker run benefit ride held last Saturday.
Michael W. Cinnamon, 32, of Lawrenceburg was charged with one count second degree disorderly conduct and one count theft by unlawful taking, according to Sgt. Chris Beach of the city police department.
Cinnamon did not enter a plea during his arraignment, according to the Anderson County attorney’s office.
Star Cummins, owner of Cummins Irish Pub, said they had a gallon-size jar on both sides of the bar to collect cash donations for Bobby Best, her husband’s cousin.
Best had been in the ICU for the last month after sustaining serious injuries in a tractor accident on Wooldridge Spur Road in August.
The bar hosted a poker run benefit ride Saturday to help raise money for Best’s medical bills. After the poker run, motorcyclists came back to Cummins Irish Pub for live music and karaoke until the bar closed.
Cummins said the man taking money at the door for the band cover charge noticed Cinnamon had something under his shirt. Cummins said the man thought Cinnamon was trying to smuggle out a beer bottle. After the man yelled at Cinnamon and Cinnamon pulled his shirt closer to himself in response, it looked like he held something much bigger, Cummins said.
Harry Maddox, Cummins’ brother, said he had been helping put chairs up as the bar prepared to close at midnight when he heard someone had taken one of the donation jars.
Maddox, who had participated earlier that day in the poker run, said he ran out of the bar to head Cinnamon off, along with about six other bar patrons and poker run motorcyclists.
According to Sgt. Beach, Cinnamon ran through the rear parking lot adjacent to the sheriff’s office and was caught on tape by security cameras.
Maddox said they eventually caught up with Cinnamon in the A & J Tire and Service Center driveway. Maddox said he sat on Cinnamon and held him down until the police arrived.
“To think someone would come in and do something that dirty when the community’s trying to come together… that’s pretty low,” Maddox said.
Sgt. Beach said there weren’t any reports of injuries that he was aware of, and that there were no other suspects in the theft.
Cummins said the bar plans on holding a poker run benefit annually, and she said Saturday’s incident won’t deter her from holding similar events in the future.
“I hate to see anybody hurt or anything like that,” Cummins said. “How they could come in and know it’s a benefit and take something that wasn’t theirs, it’s ridiculous. This is such a close-knit community, and we kind of run our bar like ‘Cheers.’ We know everybody.”
Cummins said they found the donation jar in the bushes with about $116 left inside the jar. She said they estimate about $200-300 was missing, but that the bar covered the cost of the missing cash.
She said the event raised about $5,000 for Best through donations, the poker run, cover charge from the band, silent auction and the 50/50 raffle.