Woman arrested in theft of donations for fallen officer's family

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on December 1, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 2 at 2:01 PM

PEORIA, Ariz. -- An 18-year-old Glendale woman is accused of stealing donations intended for the family of a fallen police officer.

Kimberly Noelle Coleman was arrested for theft Wednesday evening after police say she removed a donation container from the counter in the McDonald's restaurant at 75th Avenue and Bell Road in Peoria.

Surveillance video shows Coleman removing the container of cash donations to benefit the family of Glendale police Officer Bradley Jones, who was killed in the line of duty on Oct. 28.

Employees estimated about $20 had been in the container when it was taken.

A witnessed obtained the license plate of the vehicle Coleman left in and that led police to her home.

“I saw that and went after them because it's sad and a bad thing to do.  You shouldn't do that,” Jeremy Devoy said.

Peoria police spokesman Jay Davies said Coleman handed an officer four $5 bills and said it was "the money I stole from the donation bin."

“She did tell the officers that it was an impulsive thing to do and that she couldn't fight the impulse to take it,” Davies said.

Police returned the bin and the money to the restaurant.

Coleman was booked into Fourth Avenue Jail for one count of theft.
 

 
 

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