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Police need help finding man who stole donation jar

Updated: Thursday, September 26 2013, 06:37 PM EDT

By: Adam Del Rosso


Police in Hancock County are investigating a robbery that was caught on tape. Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said it happened last Thursday at the 7-Eleven on Washington Street in Newell.

It's what the man took that has residents and authorities upset and asking for your help. Officials said he stole a donation jar that raises money for the "Shop with a Cop" program which helps kids and families in need every year around Christmas.

"He should get in trouble for doing that. That's not right for stealing a jar off of some kids," said customer Jason Zanders.

Surveillance video was given to us by store officials and the Sheriff's Office and it shows the man walking into the store around 7 p.m., picking up the jar, looking to make sure no one sees him and then heading right back out the door.

"It was very disrespectful and I don't understand how you could do this to a child in need. This is your community and just to take from it isn't fair at all," said Margo Jones.

The man is described as being approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall with a tattoo of a cross on the inside of his left forearm and another unknown tattoo located on his right upper inside forearm. He was wearing a blue T-shirt, blue jeans, white sneakers and also had a neon green band around his right wrist.

"If I were him, I would turn the money back in. That was wrong for him to do that," Zanders said.

Store officials told NEWS9 that they will continue to take donations for "Shop with a Cop" however they have told their employees to watch a little more closely. Store employees do not recognize the gentleman nor do police, but if you do, you are asked to call police or our Crime Busters tip line at 1-800-862-BUST. The call is free and anonymous.

Police need help finding man who stole donation jar

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