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Feb 17, 11:41 AM EST

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Thieves have broken into a popular Philadelphia sandwich shop and made off with thousands of dollars, including $1,500 in donations raised for a bone marrow charity.

John Bucci, owner of John's Roast Pork, tells The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/2l1n8QE ) at least one of the thieves "had to be a skinny guy" to shimmy down a rooftop exhaust duct into the store using a rope. Police say a box containing about $3,000 was taken.

Among the cash was $1,500 the store raised for a national bone marrow registry. Bucci received bone marrow transplants while being treated for leukemia. The disease sidelined him for two years from the south Philadelphia luncheonette his grandfather opened in the 1930s.

While rivals Pat's and Geno's are popular cheesesteak spots for tourists, John's is a local favorite.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com

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