Stolen donation box suspect turns himself in
Police credit community assistance for getting the money back
The story of a stolen donation box has a happy ending after a 24-year-old man turned himself in to police on Sunday with almost all of the money, save $10.
On Saturday, a thief took off with a donation box full of money outside of a Canadian Tire store in Clayton Park.
"A man was collecting for the Opportunity for Disabled Foundation and he had a table set up with a bucket and when he turned to thank one individual for a donation, a man came along and grabbed the bucket and fled into a wooded area," said Halifax Regional Police Sgt. Nancy Rudback.
Police officers and a dog unit searched for the man into the woods, but all they recovered was a hoodie. That was around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Volunteers had been collecting donations since 10 a.m. There were several hundred dollars inside the collection container.
"It appears that some people in the Canadian Tire — the store, it occurred in the lobby — may have recognized him or recognized the clothing description, and word got around in the community because it appears that community information or community involvement played a large part in him deciding to turn himself in," said Rudback.
Rudback said the suspect would be charged with theft under $5,000 and possession under $5,000.