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UPDATE: Red Bank Police arrest man accused of stealing donation jar

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UPDATE: Red Bank Police have arrested the man accused of stealing a thrift store's donation jar. 
Police say Bradley Powell was booked into the Hamilton County Jail Wednesday on a charge of theft under 500-dollars.
The charge stems from a reported theft of a glass jar last Monday from Red Bank Thrift Store. 
The jar had been donated by store customers to help build a ramp for a cancer victim. 
Powell is being held on a 1-thousand dollar bond. 

The owner of the Red Bank Thrift Store needs your help in catching a criminal. Earlier this week someone stole a donation jar filled with hundreds of dollars, and while that person was running away a surveillance camera caught the entire crime.

"The gentleman was walking through the store, kind of playing with his hat quite a bit," said Owner Daniel Shoats.

Surveillance video shows the man pacing back and forth near the front counter, in front of him is a donation jar full of cash raised for a local hospice patient.


At one point the man even makes eye contact with the surveillance camera.

After about 10 minutes inside the store, while the cashier was busy with another customer...

"He just walks right over here, picks it up and walks right out the front door," Shoats said.

The man drives off in a dark-colored SUV with about $300 - 400.    

Money that was being collected to help a cancer patient in need.

"A lady had just been diagnosed with cancer, and she's in a wheelchair she just can't walk," Shoats said, "So we were trying to gather the funds to actually build a ramp so she could just access into her home."

While the business owner was robbed, the real victim is the hospice patient.
Donations had almost reached the store's goal.

"We were pretty close, we were probably, about $100 away," Shoats said.

Shoats hopes someone will recognize this man, and building the wheelchair ramp doesn't fall behind schedule.

"It's very simple to do the right thing," Shoats said, "A lot of times if you do need help, all you have to do is ask."

The owner says he's willing to offer a reward if anyone comes forward with information.

The Red Bank Police Department is also investigating this crime, if you have any information call (423) 875-0167.

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