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Elderly woman, touched by alleged robber's honesty, writes $100 check

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A teenager charged with armed robbery is receiving some help from an unexpected place: an elderly woman who read about why the 19-year-old allegedly committed the crime.

Sylvia Robinson, an 89-year-old from Dracut, read about the trouble 19-year-old Cameron McCormack of Dracut was facing inside the Lowell Sun.

McCormack was charged with armed robbery after he allegedly used a pellet gun to rob a man at Hovey Field in Lowell just days before the end of the year.

Police said the teenager, who immediately admitted to the crime, stole $26 from a 25-year-old he met through a website.

According to the police report, McCormack went on to tell police he decided to rob the victim to help fund his rent.

]The story, and honestly by McCormack, touched Robinson, a retired pastor.

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"I thought that maybe this kid just needs to know that somebody cares," she said. "Maybe he just needs a shot in the arm."

Robinson wrote a check for $100 to help McCormack pay the rent. "We hope he won't do it again because he knows there are people who care," she said. "I don't know him, I just know he's a young man who could use a little help."

Robinson said she doesn't believe her check has reached McCormack yet, but hopes her message of love, forgiveness - and charity reaches others.

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