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Stealing from Sick Children

The Maplewood Police Department issued this press release today:

On May 15, 2011 Maplewood Police responded to a theft at Super America, 1750 White Bear Avenue. Taken in the theft was an approximately 12” tall plastic donation jar containing donations for the Children’s Miracle Network. The purpose of the donation jar was clearly displayed on it.

The theft, which was captured on store surveillance video, showed the suspect to be a 5’10” to 6’ white male with short hair and a mustache. At the time of the theft the suspect was wearing a black baseball cap, dark jacket and pants (probably blue jeans). Two clips from the surveillance video are attached.

The exact amount of money in the jar is unknown, but the jar appeared to be nearly full. It is presumed the value of loss does not exceed an amount which would move the crime beyond the misdemeanor level, and considering simple theft is not exactly rare, normally such a crime would not be distributed to media representatives. However, the video is pretty good and may lead to a citizen to identifying the suspect. An added factor is that while theft reports aren’t uncommon, it seems to take a pretty pathetic individual to steal a Children’s Miracle Network donation jar, and that just did not set well at all with the officer who responded to the business.

Citizens with information about the theft are asked to, during office hours, contact Maplewood Police at 651-249-2600 and outside office hours through the Ramsey County Emergency Communications Center at 651-767-0640.

Media inquires may be directed to me at 651-249-2603 or via e-mail at dave.kvam@ci.maplewood.mn.us.

Dave Kvam, Deputy Chief
Maplewood Police Department

Here are the surveillance videos:

If you can identify this charity-robbing loser, please do let the police know.

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