Magnolia Place Donation and Fundraising Fraud



On January 25, 2021, there was a fire and explosion event that occurred in the Victory Brewing Company Brew Pub and Magnolia Place Apartment building located at 650 West Cypress Street, Kennett Square Borough. 

On February 4, 2021, the Kennett Square Police Department became aware of a possible theft by deception scheme that centered around a fund raising effort as it related to an employee of the YMCA. After an initial investigation, it became apparent that an employee of the YMCA, who teaches classes at nearly every branch in the Greater Brandywine Association of YMCAs, had lead their employer, friends, and YMCA members to believe that they had been displaced by the fire and were living in a hotel with their children as a result of the incident. 

A fundraising effort was organized by the YMCA and by friends of the individual on theif behalf. There was an overwhelming response to the donation solicitation. The Kennett Square Police Department is attempting to catelog and organize information related to those that donated. 

Investigation has determined that members of the YMCA may have also been directly solicited by the instructor. If you feel that you were wrongly solicited by this individual and/or if you provided funds, goods, or gift cards to them under false pretenses, the Kennett Square Police Department is requesting you report that information directly to us by clicking here and completing this form which will be submitted to this investigating officer, Corporal Christopher Gravina. 

Additionally, if you prefer to contact him directly, please email Cpl. Gravina at

Monday, January 25, 2021 - 6:45pm

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