West Jordan police seek man who stole donations meant for children’s hospital

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WEST JORDAN, Utah -- West Jordan Police are asking the public for help in figuring out who is responsible for stealing hundreds of fundraising dollars that were meant to help children.

stolen donation jars 1Surveillance video shows a man walking out of the Smith's on Redwood Road and 7160 South with two giant water jugs filled with donated cash.

Sgt. Robertson said this happened on May 22 at 2:30 am when no one was around, which is how the man slipped out unnoticed.

"Around $500 is the initial estimation that we were given," said West Jordan Police Sgt. Jeremy Robertson.

That was $500 not meant for him. Instead, Smith's was raising the money for Primary Children's Hospital.

Sgt. Robertson said the jugs were even chained up to prevent them from disappearing.

"Jugs were secured with some chains, to secure them down, and those were broken or cut in some way, and then he carried them out of the store," he said.

Now, that money is gone, and the man is still out there.

stolen donation jars 2Smith's does have surveillance of the car the man drove, and it turns out that car may have also been stolen.

"There has been some information that a car similar to that has been stolen," Sgt. Robertson said.

While they haven't confirmed if it is indeed the stolen car or been able to identify the man, they hope to pin down who he is and why he stole the fundraising money.

Robertson said leads have trickled in. Anyone who recognizes the man or who has knowledge of the theft is asked to call West Jordan PD at 801-256-2000.

The man could face misdemeanor theft charges.