Police in Eagan are warning clerks at convenience stores and gas stations to keep a close eye on donation boxes sitting on their counters after a man swiped two of them last week.
In both cases, the suspect asked for a job application and when the cashier was busy he made off with boxes that customers drop spare change in to support charities, said police spokesman Aaron Machtemes.
It’s not a high-profile crime, “but it’s new and an unusual crime due to the low value of money,” Machtemes said. “Somebody who steals from charity needs to re-evaluate their life.”
The first heist happened May 5 at a SuperAmerica station on Yankee Doodle and Pilot Knob roads. The suspect got a job application, then as the cashier was helping another customer, the man used the application to cover the donation box and quickly exited the store. The suspect got away with an estimated $10 that was supposed to go to Minnesota military families.
About 10 minutes later, the man struck again. This time he asked a clerk at Lucky’s at 3900 Coachman Road for a job application. As the clerk retrieved it, the man grabbed a container with about $30 for World Vision and fled.
Eagan Police released a photo and video of the suspect via Twitter on Tuesday. Police also said the suspect may have had help from one or two others.
Anybody with information is asked to call Eagan Police at 651-675-5700.