A donation box bandit is allegedly ripping off Ronald McDonald House collection boxes from the drive-thru windows of at two Tampa McDonald’s, and cops aren’t pleased about it. They’re calling the suspect brazen, cold, cocky and cowardly. Because who else would waltz in front of surveillance cameras without covering his face to steal from charity?
“He is using a tool to remove the Ronald McDonald House donation box from the drive-thru,” a Tampa Police Department detective tells WTSP.com. Apparently the boxes are only emptied once a month, so he could be making off with quite a bit of cash.
The police have released photos of the man in question, where he’s clearly visible, along with his car. The money he’s pilfering is supposed to go toward sick children and their families, who can stay in the four Tampa Ronald McDonald Houses while the kids receive hospital treatment.
“Every single penny goes to support our operations. We have 2,000 families that stay with us each year while their children are being treated in our area hospitals,” said the marketing and communications manager of Ronald McDonald House Tampa.
Anyone who knows someone who’s come into some money recently and happens to keep it in a clear plastic box marked “Ronald McDonald House” should call the Tampa Police Department.