Thief makes off with donation jar for homeless teens | KOB 4

Thief makes off with donation jar for homeless teens

Kai Porter
August 10, 2018 08:53 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Who would steal donations meant to help homeless teens?


That just happened at an Albuquerque restaurant, in an incident that was caught on camera.

Security cameras inside Garcia's Kitchen on Central Avenue show exactly what the thief looks like. What is not known is if the homeless teens will ever see the money he stole.

The thief was looking for more than breakfast at the restaurant Thursday morning. After ordering food, he suddenly stood up, grabbed a donation jar on the counter, and ran out the front door with it.

"It's just sad that guys need to do that to survive,” said Dan Garcia, vice president of Garcia's Kitchen.

He said the thief got away with about $50 in the donation jar.

The restaurant and other West Downtown businesses are collecting donations to help homeless teens through New Day Youth and Family Services.

"We're just trying to help out the community and help out new day and see what we can do," Garcia said.

But the theft hasn't stopped the fundraiser, as the stolen donation jar's been replaced with a new one.

Garcia said they don't plan on letting another thief make off with this one.

"Either chain it down, bolt it down, make a solid lid,” he said. “Do we really have to do it? Seems like it."

Garcia also had a message for the thief.

"The guy looked pretty healthy to me," he said. "We're always taking applications. Get a job. Try to do something with your life besides this—you're just going to end up in jail."

Garcia says another customer picked up the thief's check after he bolted.


Kai Porter

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