Eagan Police looking for charity-jar thief

The Eagan Police Department is looking for a man who allegedly reached behind a counter at a gas station and took cigarettes along with two charity jars of donations meant for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.

The department released a photo from a surveillance video of the man with short dark hair who they believe took the jars at SuperAmerica off Cliff Road at about 1 p.m. on April 6.

The suspect asked to use a telephone and when store staff was distracted, he reached around to grab charity jars containing about $5 to $10, according to Eagan police officer Aaron Machtemes, department spokesman.

“It’s a low amount of money, but due to the nature of the crime we want to find out who he is,” Machtemes said. “Typically we find people who steal charity jars from gas stations re-offend. In our experience, when they start stealing charity jars and whatever is within arm’s reach, we find that they’ll do it again.”

The department is currently following up on a few tips, but individuals with any information should call the department at 651-675-5799.