Woman caught on camera stealing from donation jar


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Woman caught on camera stealing from donation jar

Police are trying to catch a thief who they say stole money from a donation jar inside an Atlanta area store.

Surveillance cameras captured the woman reaching into a donation jar at Finders Keepers consignment shop in Avondale Estates, WSB-TV reported. Police said she didn't realize she was caught on camera.

“We were just stunned at how low somebody would go. We don't know her circumstance, can't pass judgment on her, but it was just disbelief that she would actually be that brazen,” said Finders Keepers manager Betsy Johns.

Johns said the money was to help a refugee from the war in Liberia. Kanu Biah moved to the United States 10 years ago and was planning to use the money to help with college expenses.

“He was disappointed, as well. He has a really kind soul,” said Johns. “(He was) disappointed that someone would do that."

"There should be no circumstance that should make people steal from other people,” Biah said.

Biah said he wants to help others. The Middle Georgia College student said he wants to become a pilot so he can work for humanitarian relief agencies like the ones that helped him escape a war zone and make college possible.

Investigators said the surveillance video is clear, so it’s just a matter of time before someone recognizes her. 

Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the theft.

Since reports of last month’s theft, dozens of people have donated. Biah said he's thankful and forgiving.

"What I've gone through, what life has taught me, has helped me become what I am today,” Biah said. “Tell her I forgive her, and hopefully she can stop doing what she's doing. Everyone needs a chance.” 

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