Police say they have identified the man who stole donation boxes for a playground in honour of a little girl alleged to have been killed by her father.

The Quinn's Place playground is being built at Paradise Elementary in honour of Quinn Butt, the five-year-old who died in her father's Carbonear home on April 24.

On Friday, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary released photos of a man who allegedly walked into convenience stores recently and got away with donation boxes — including donations for Quinn's Place.

Police do not know how much money was in the donation boxes.

Quinn Place donation boxes stolen

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary believe the man in the black jacket stole three donation boxes from Needs Convenience, including two destined for Quinn's Place, a playground in honour of five-year-old Quinn Butt. (RNC)

"We see a lot of crimes that make us shake our heads, but this one is just awful," the RNC posted on Facebook Friday morning.

"We consider this a terrible theft, especially considering the money is from generous people in the community meant to enrich the community."

The RNC tweeted around 3:30 p.m. on Friday that the man had been identified and thanked the public for their help. 

Adam Stead, one of the playground project's organizers, said he was inspired by his own daughter to do something to help honour the memory of a little girl whose lifeless body was pulled from her father's burning home.

Trent Butt, 37, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of the little girl.

Man allegedly stole donation boxes

Police say this man walked into Needs Convenience and stole two donation boxes for Quinn's Place, a playground set for Paradise in honour of five-year-old Quinn Butt. (RNC)