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Police search for man accused of stealing from Newtown charity

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (CNN) – The search is on for a man authorities believe stole thousands of dollars in donations from the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre.

Officials say they are searching for Robbie Bruce.

Bruce created a charity called “26.4.26 Foundation,” which organized marathons to raise money for the survivors of the school shooting.

Investigators allege Bruce made off with $73,000 he helped raise for the families of victims.

Matthew Soto, who lost his sister in the shooting, said he had no idea the foundation was a scam.

Soto said, “I had no doubts whatsoever. He came into our house and I trusted him completely. He was trying to help and he didn’t know what to do. So, he started this foundation and he collected money and he had all the good intentions, but then something happened.”

Officials say Bruce had sole access to the charity money.

The Sandy Hook Elementary School rampage left 26 people dead, including 20 children in December 2012.