Findlay police arrest suspect accused of stealing donation jar for cancer patient

Findlay police arrest suspect accused of stealing donation jar for cancer patient
(Source: Findlay police)
(Source: Findlay police)

FINDLAY, OH (WTOL) - A brazen robbery caught on camera, as a man steals a donation jar for a local girl with leukemia.

"And we're like, 'Oh my word! What did he just do!?'" said owner of Wolfies Roasted Nuts and Deli in Findlay.

Just after 11:30 Wednesday morning, a man grabbed the donation jar and immediately fled on his bicycle. That jar is part of a fundraising effort for Elise Billmaier, a recent Findlay high school graduate who is battling leukemia.

Wolfies Roasted Nuts & Deli owner Tim Arnold chased the man outside, and then got some help from some customers in the parking lot.

"And they hopped back into their vehicle and pursued down the street, and caught up with the gentleman and stopped him," said Arnold.

After the suspect was knocked off of his bike, the man fled leaving the money.

And after posting a surveillance image to Facebook, Findlay police received tips on who the man was immediately. Police identified the man within an hour, and went to his home where he admitted to the crime.

But now the folks at Wolfies are hoping this negative event can bring more awareness to the fundraiser for Elise.

"Actually this morning when we opened some gentleman came through and said, 'I saw this on the news.' And he stopped and put in five dollars," said Arnold.

The identity of the thief has not been made public by police.

Along with the tip jars around town, Elise's family has set up a Go Fund Me campaign to help pay for the medical cost of her life saving bone marrow transplant.

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