The Aberdeen Police Department arrested a man Thursday after he allegedly stole the donation jar for an ill 11-month-old girl from the checkout counter of Michael’s Meats and Seafood in Aberdeen.
The mother of baby Madilynn, who suffers from heart problems and was recently diagnosed with an aggressive eye cancer, was in the store Wednesday to make a purchase and asked to leave a donation jar. Employees told her they already had one, but they looked around and found it was missing.
Security camera footage showed a man not associated with fundraising taking the donation jar from the counter and leaving with it. Someone posted a copy of the video on Facebook while employees were trying to get a copy to Aberdeen Police.
Thursday evening, an employee passed on an anonymous tip received at the store identifying the suspect. Officer Steve Timmons worked the tip and found the man at the Aberdeen Safeway, who matched the suspect in the video.
He arrested the 42-year-old Aberdeen man on three unrelated misdemeanor warrants. During their interview, the man allegedly admitted stealing the jar and said $22 were inside. He was charged with third-degree theft.
The Aberdeen Police Officers Guild donated $122 to Madilynn’s cause, replacing the stolen money and adding their own $100 donation. Donations can be made online at http://www.gofundme.com/3z4ei0, or at any Anchor Bank branch to “Madilynn’s Fund.”