Caught On Tape: Woman Steals Donation Jug

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email
The money was for research for a local boy

Suspect in stolen jug case

In the past couple of years since her son Cameron was diagnosed with a deadly brain disorder called Neurodegeneration Brain Iron Accumulation, Lynda Meade has truly seen the best come out in people.

"We've been overwhelmed by the support by people who know us and who don't," Meade says.

She never thought she'd see the just the opposite.

Surveillance video captured at the Potterville B.P. station shows a woman walking in, then walking out with a collection jug full of money in hand-- money meant for research for Cameron's disorder.

"The jug is gone. It's gone," says Lisa Paige, a family friend.

Paige and her friend Tina Sweet were the ones who put the jugs all over town. Sweet, a perfect stranger to the family, simply felt compelled to help.

"It's just a heartwarming story. The boy's 10 years old. He lost the ability to speak and walk," Sweet says.

But when they went to retrieve the jug, it was missing, along with the nearly $200 inside.

"I was absolutely sick. It made me sick to believe someone could do that. How do you sleep at night? How do you live your life?" Paige says.

Thanks to the video, they have clear images of who this woman is. She looks to be driving an older ford van and her jacket has a "TM" logo on it.

To Meade, this is all a surprise. She didn't know the women were raising the money, but says she can't help but be sympathetic to the thief.

"You can never understand people's circumstances. I would assume the person has something going on that's worse," Meade says.

Meade says she doesn't have much interest in pressing charges against the woman; the women just want the money back. If you have any information, please call Potterville Police at (517) 645-7802.

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  • by kiah Location: lansing on Jan 5, 2010 at 03:24 PM
    the girl is in jail i was locked up with her she was telling me the story but sayin it was a different girl. when we got out of our cell she was arguing with the deputy coming to find out it was her this whole time. wow the judge has no remorse and hopefully shes not getting out no time soon
  • by LEE on Nov 12, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    For anyone who did not see the vidio of this person stealing the donation jar, it was on 6 and 11 last night and again about 6:15 this a.m. You actually watched this person pick up the jar, and saw it clearly in her arm as she quickly exited the store. Sorry that you did not get to see it for yourself. I hope the owner of the store presses charges and this theif goes to jail. She didn't look like she was starving, or in need of medical care so I can not think of any reason on earth for her to have taken the money. She is a thief and not a very good one. As most people with even half a brain know there are cameras all over every gas station these days due to the drive offs, not paying for the gas they just pumped. She stole from a chartiable donation, which makes it worse. What a perfect slime this human is.
  • by Sandi on Nov 12, 2009 at 09:55 AM
    I understand that the theif has been caught. I do not care if the owner wants to place charges or not, this person needs to go to jail. There is nothing on earth that makes her so needy that she had to steal from a sick child. There are to many places to go to for help, and to many people willing to help to have to do what she did.
  • by dave Location: st johns on Nov 12, 2009 at 06:57 AM
    so where is the picture? is it posted somewhere? i can't find it.
  • by Michelle Location: Lansing on Nov 12, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    Jimmy, this is a true story. I have know Cameron and his family his entire life. This is a very deserving family. They are NOT asking for any money for Cameron, it is all being donated to the NBIA Foundation and will be used for Research to hopefully find a cure for PKAN.
  • by Jimmy Location: Jackson on Nov 12, 2009 at 04:40 AM
    First I feel sorry for this young man. Second how do they know there was $200.00 in the jug. Was someone counting it on a regular count? I feel this is just a story put in the paper so someone or many will feel sorry and give a large donation. You see this all the time when a story like this comes out. There is always someone who will step up to the plate and give. Yes this maybe a true story but, I still wonder. Good luck little man!
  • by Stephanie Location: East Lansing on Nov 11, 2009 at 06:37 PM
    It was shown on the news tonight and I'm sure they would have it on the webite somewhere? very identifiable if someone looks at it.
  • by Brian Location: Clarklake on Nov 11, 2009 at 03:50 PM
    You would think that they would post the said video so someone could identify the person....
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