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Thief steals sneakers from Boston Marathon bombing survivors

    Boston Marathon survivor Jane Richard, left, watches as her brother Henry removes a drape covering a memorial honoring victims and survivors at one of two blast sites near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Boston marked the second anniversary of the 2013 marathon bombings with a subdued remembrance that includes a moment of silence, the pealing of church bells and a call for kindness. The children lost their brother Martin Richard while standing with him during one of the explosions. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON >> Police are searching for a thief who stole nearly a dozen pairs of donated sneakers and athletic items from two Boston Marathon bombing survivors.

WHDH-TV reports that the victims told police the items were in a car in downtown Boston. They were going to give them to a team of survivors who plan to run in next week’s marathon. The victims told the station they were hoping to surprise the runners after Wednesday’s “One Boston Day” ceremony, but discovered their items were missing.

The victims told police that the thief left a note that said “from me to you” with a smiley face and a heart.

One of the victims, Doug Julian, calls the theft “really devastating.”

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