Thief steals St. Jude's donation jar from drive-thru

St. Jude's jar theft

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - A stop inside Seaver's in Kingsport means you're in for a delicious treat, but one of the bakery's owners tells News 5 Monday night someone came to the bakery for a not-so-tasteful reason.

"They took the Saint Jude's bucket to the office during the evening, because you don't want that temptation there in the window. And when they went to pick the Saint Jude's bucket it wasn't there, and the only conclusion that they had is that it had been taken," said Anna Davis, store owner.

The Seaver's surveillance camera captured what appears to be a man wearing a white hooded sweatshirt walking toward drive-thru just at 9 p.m. Tuesday night.

Davis tells us the workers were cleaning up for the night when the man opened the door and snatched the money, then ran away.

The crime is something Davis and her parents, who own the bakery, can't wrap their minds around. "It makes absolutely no sense; I don't know why anybody would waste their freedom for $50," said Davis.

Kingsport Police Officer Tom Patton tells us they see a number of thefts, but this one is particularly unfortunate. "It involved a children's charity donation jar. It's kind of heartbreaking that someone would stoop to this level," said Tom Patton.

"These people are doing no good in society they are taking from people who need it, to probably feed an addiction that is going to hurt them in the long-run. They need to be locked away," said Davis.

The Kingsport Police Department tells us they are following a few leads. If you have any information you are urged to call them at 423-229-9429.

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