Update: Suspects identified following theft of donation box for children battling cancer

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A metro business raising money to help fight childhood cancer has fallen victim to thievery.

The donation box was swiped, but the suspects were caught by surveillance cameras.

The crime happened at the Auntie Anne's Pretzel shop inside Penn Square Mall earlier this week.

Jaclyn Hackler, with Auntie Anne’s, said, “They were very slick. They work together very well.”

The surveillance video from Auntie Anne's shows a man and a woman walk up to the counter. They mill around for a minute, stepping back from the counter and back toward the counter. At one point, they tug on the security cord attached to the donation box, realizing it’s not locked down.

The man then grabs the box while employees aren't looking, concealing it behind a bag and walking away. He leaves the woman behind, still in line.

“She like shifts her body to where she's blocking his arms basically and he very sly-like swipes it off the counter like they've done it before or thought about it for a while,” Hackler said.

The box they stole was full of money for an organization called Alex's Lemonade Stand.

The movement was started several years ago by then 4-year-old Alexandra Scott. Alex was a cancer patient who wanted to raise money to help find cures for herself and other children battling cancer.

The money taken was meant for children like Alex.

Hackler said, “It's really frustrating.”

Workers at Auntie Anne's are hoping someone will recognize the couple.

Auntie Anne's employees tell us they know it is unlikely they will get the money back; so, the owner of the company has decided to give $1,000 to the organization to replace what was stolen.

The suspects in the video were identified Wednesday night. Their names are not being released at this time.

The two suspects were were questioned by the Oklahoma City Police Department. The DA will determine if charges will be filed against them.

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