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Donation Jar Thief Caught

Release Date: August 11, 2017



A 25-year-old Ottawa woman was arrested after being caught on surveillance cameras steeling twice in two days.


On August 2, 2017 at approximately 10:15 a.m. the accused was in the store/check-in-area of a campground north of the City. While in the store the accused placed a towel she was carrying overtop a large donation jar. She then removed the jar from the counter and walked away. The jar was a collection being taking to support two brothers in Kenya to go to school and was estimated to have at least $200 to $300 in cash.


On August 3, 2017 at approximately 1:15 p.m. the accused attended a grocery store on Midland Avenue. The accused placed several items of clothing over her shoulder and walked out without paying.


Both incidents were caught on surveillance cameras. The accused was identified by Detectives with information provided by store security and partially through social media posts.


On August 10, 2017 at approximately 2:15 p.m. the accused was found sleeping in her car in a parking lot on Bath Road.


The accused was arrested and transported to police headquarters where she was held to attend a bail hearing the following day.


The accused was charged with two counts of theft.