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‘It’s so disappointing,’ alleged thief steals donation jar from Oklahoma non-profit

OKLAHOMA CITY – A lot of Oklahomans share what they have with local charities around town but an alleged thief decided a non-profit was the perfect target.

The suspect can be seen on camera allegedly snatching a donation jar from a non-profit business in Oklahoma City.

The smash-and-grab cost the Angel Link Foundation, near N.W. 10th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., several hundred dollars in damages.

The victim in this case says her goal in life is simply to help people in need.

In fact, she often gives away clothes at no cost to those who walk in off the streets.

“We help feed the homeless and give them clothes,” said Jennifer Owusu. “They walk in and they can get clothes.”

Unfortunately, one alleged thief took advantage of that generosity.

Late last month, the crook smashed open the side door with a rock before being caught on camera grabbing a donation jar full of cash off the shelf.

Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow, with the Oklahoma City Police Department, said, “You can see the man knows exactly what he’s going for. He goes straight to the change jar near the register, which has several hundreds dollars in it.”

Owusu said, “It’s so disappointing because I have my heart open to everybody that walks in.”

Owusu says she recognized the alleged crook as a local transient she’s helped in the past, giving him free clothes and hot meals.

That fact makes the theft all the more upsetting.

“When it’s cold, he’ll come in and hang out and if we have something to eat, he’ll eat.  So, I don’t know how he can turn around and do that,” said Owusu. “It’s just so frustrating.”

In addition to the stolen donation jar, the small store has to pay several hundred dollars to replace the glass door.

She said, “It’s so stressful to be in a neighborhood, reaching out and you end up with a slap on your face.”

The suspect is known to frequent the area around her store.

He walks with a limp and rides a bike in the neighborhood.

Anyone with information on that man is asked to contact CrimeStoppers.