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Thief steals St. Jude's donation jar from drive-thru

By Jonathan Radford, jradford@wcyb.com
Published On: Dec 23 2013 04:22:35 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 11 2013 03:53:17 PM CST

A stop inside Seaver's in Kingsport means you're in for a delicious treat, but one of the bakery's owners tells News 5 Monday night someone came to the bakery for a not-so-tasteful reason.

KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

A stop inside Seaver's Bakery in Kingsport, Tennessee means you're in for a delicious treat, but one of the bakery's owners says someone came to the bakery for a not-so-tasteful reason.

"When [the employees] went to pick up the St. Jude's donation bucket it wasn't there, and the only conclusion that they had is that it had been taken," said Anna Davis, store owner.

The Seaver's surveillance camera captured what appears to be a man wearing a white hooded sweatshirt walking toward drive-thru at 9 p.m. Tuesday night.

Davis tells us the workers were cleaning up for the night when the man opened the door and snatched the money, then ran away.

The crime is something Davis and her parents, who own the bakery, can't wrap their minds around. "It makes absolutely no sense. I don't know why anybody would waste their freedom for $50," said Davis.

Kingsport Police Officer Tom Patton tells us they see a number of thefts, but this one is particularly unfortunate. "It involved a children's charity donation jar. It's kind of heartbreaking that someone would stoop to this level," said Tom Patton.

"These people are doing no good in society they are taking from people who need it, to probably feed an addiction that is going to hurt them in the long-run. They need to be locked away," said Davis.

There is some good news -- the community came together to raise more than $2,000 for the children's hospital after the story was originally aired.

We spoke with a minister who pastors a child who was cured of bone cancer at St. Jude's. "That's how God works. He always takes the negative and the bad things in our lives, and turns them around to make them positive, and give hope, joy, and encouragement to people when they are in a bad situation," said Josh Tompkins.

So far no arrests have been made in connection with the theft.