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Man caught on camera stealing Children's Miracle Network donation bin


ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (CIRCA via WCHS/WVAH) — St. Albans police said they are looking for a man caught on camera stealing from a local Dairy Queen.

It’s what the man took off with that was most alarming.

A large donation bin, meant to help the Children's Miracle Network, is now missing from the dining area. The person who took it wasted no time getting in and out, and no one spotted him.

Security footage shows a man entering the restaurant. Within seconds, he picked up the large donation bin.

"He looks down the hall, that's down at the register, so he made sure there was no one there for a second," St. Albans Police Department patrolman Levi Pardee said. "It could have been something he spied earlier and thought, ‘Hmmm, I’m going to take that.' ”

Pardee got the call from Dairy Queen the next morning.

"So, I went over there and looked at some footage, and lo and behold, he took the whole about 3-foot-tall bin and just walked out the door with it,” Pardee said.

While there is an uptick in crime around the holiday season, this one was a little surprising to Pardee.

"That goes to kids; it's something that gives back to the community. It's a donation bin, so people are putting in their hard work, their hard-earned money into it to help out someone else through a time, and they're just taking it and being selfish with it basically,” Pardee said.

Pardee said the bin was going to be picked up in about a week and guessed there was about $200 in it.

"It’s one of those crimes you don't expect to be done, but people do it,” Pardee said.

Pardee said he is hoping to soon be able to call the Children's Miracle Network and give the organization its money.

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