Police seek man who stole barrel of cash raised for children in need

Posted at 3:13 PM, Dec 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-10 17:13:59-05

CEDAR CITY, Utah –Police in Cedar City are asking the public for help locating a man who allegedly stole a donation barrel filled with funds intended to be used to help children in need.

Police said a man entered the Wal-Mart in Cedar City, 1330 South Providence Center Drive, at about 4 a.m. on December 8 and stole a large, clear barrel placed near the exit of the store used for cash donations.

The funds were being collected for the “Children’s Miracle Network”, and it is estimated there was at least $100 in the barrel. Officials said the barrel itself is worth about $100. The Children’s Miracle Network is a network of hospitals that raise funds to help children.

According to the press release from the Cedar City Police Department, the suspect was driving a white vehicle that appears to be a Nissan Cube. The vehicle is believed to be a newer model.

The release stated the man pulled up to the store and opened the rear door of his car before entering the store. He then looked around to make sure there were no employees nearby, and then he carried the barrel out to his car and fled. Still images from surveillance cameras show the suspect and his vehicle, see the gallery above for those photos.

Anyone who recognizes the man or has knowledge of the crime is asked to call Cedar City police at 435-586-2956.