A 39-year-old Lenawee County man is in the Oakland County Jail, accused of grabbing a gas station collection jar with coins and bills for sick kids.
Chad Stewart allegedly ran off with a medical charity's canister from a Speedway counter in the Village of Milford on the evening of Nov. 1, WDIV web producer Derick Hutchinson posts.
He may be responsible for other donation jar thefts in the Livingston and Wayne County areas. Video surveillance footage from both thefts has been reviewed and Stewart appears to be the thief in both cases.
Stewart faces up to four years in prison if convicted of larceny from a building.
The collection containers belonged to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a group supporting 170 nonprofit children's hospitals in the United States and Canada. Donations go for research, training, equipment and to cover uncompensated care.
The TV station's news brief is just five paragraphs, though that's enough to draw 40 comments by early Saturday.
"Stealing from children afflicted with cancer. I can't think of anything more evil." one reader says.
Another, posting from Troy, comments: "How sad is that, stealing donations. Wonder how much he got. Enough for one fix?"