Pair of thieves steal donation jar cash from LeClaire convenience store

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LECLAIRE, Iowa -- In a brazen theft caught clearly on surveillance camera, two women stole a pair of donation jars from the Mother Hubbard's Cupboard in LeClaire earlier in October.

Now, police have released a video and still images from the thefts, asking for the public to help identify the suspects.

The thefts happened on Oct. 17, around 9:15 p.m.

One of the jars was seeking donations for "Dimes for Dogs", which supports multiple animal shelters and the other was to help the store manager Stephanie Fisher's family, whose son Zach Francis recently passed away, to deal with medical bills.

"He had a blood infection that went to his heart, he was recovering from that when he had a second stroke," said Fisher.

Fisher's coworker had put the jar out when Zach was in the hospital, he passed away on September 28th, 2017 at the age off 22, he's remembered as loving, compassionate and caring.

"It's very upsetting and I hope that they find who these two girls were that took these charity jars but staying mad about it, isn't gonna bring Zach back," said Fisher.

Police say with the video and pictures they are hopeful someone will recognize the two women.

"When we do identify them we'll reach out to them and try to get their side of the story on what happened and file charges if they're appropriate," said Chief Shane Themas, Le Claire Police Department.

For Fisher, she hopes the women find it in their hearts to return the money, "we'll never forget Zach, we'll always think about him, I'll always see his blue eyes but nothing, not all the anger or all the hate is gonna make a difference."

It's unsure how much money was in the jars when they were stolen but Fisher says they were recently emptied.

The store has put out another "Dimes for Dogs" jar but at this time have not put out another one in honor of Zach but they do have a GoFundMe page to help with expenses.

The two female suspects left in a red Ford Mustang, police say.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call LeClaire Police at (563) 289-4242.

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