Man steals donation jars from Arizona girl battling cancer

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by Carey Pena & Jared Dillingham

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azfamily.com

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 16 at 7:20 AM

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PHOENIX -- Who would target a little girl battling cancer?

It’s hard to believe.

But it seems the same suspects have hit twice and the target is a donation jar for a local 7-year-old girl battling cancer.

The first incident happened on July 22.

A man described by investigators as having a thin build, between the ages of 16 and 22, walked into a Walgreens at 3111 West Hunt Highway and swiped a donation jar that had the little girl’s picture and story on the front.

Her parents told 3TV that they only realized what had happened when they went to collect the money and the clerk told them a thief grabbed the jar.

When the suspect realized that the clerk witnessed him taking the money, he ran outside where a getaway car was waiting.  That car is described as silver with custom wheels.  

Then on August 9, another nearby Walgreens was hit.

"I just said, 'Are you kidding me?  His day's going to come.  Karma comes around," Dakota's father, Jason Clark, told 3TV.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office tells 3TV a man with the same description walked into the store at 333 East Hunt Highway and seconds later walked out with the donation jar.

Dakota's treatment has been so expensive, that the family's insurance capped out.

"The money in there might not seem like a lot, but every  bit helps," said Clark.

The same silver vehicle with customs wheels was waiting for the second thief.
 
In both cases the jars were left next to the cash register.
 
The donation jars were placed in the stores by the 7-year-old's parents who use the money to cover expenses for food.  

Surveillance video captured the suspect and investigators hope the public will help them figure out who he is.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office at (520)866-5111.
 
Dakota's family setup a website for information and donations:  www.dakotasdestiny.com

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