Video: Man steals donation jar meant for kids

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Even for a thief , this crime is especially low. Surveillance video shows a man stealing money from a donation jar that’s meant for kids.

Video and photos of the man are going viral on social media, as cops try to catch the crook.

Santa Fe Police are looking for man captured on video stealing from the Candyman Strings & Things music store last week. “It’s pretty crummy,” said Max Kluger-Bell, Sales Associate.

The man is seen lurking in the store for nearly 45 minutes before he bolts out the door with the donation jar. “It’s one thing to take money when it’s sitting right there, it’s another thing when it’s obvious that it’s a donation jar for our summer rock camp for kids,” explained Kluger-Bell.

The jar was clearly marked for the store’s summer rock camp scholarships. Donations helps pay for kids to learn music, and play rock-star.

“It’s amazing what they can help the kids accomplish in just a couple of weeks,” explained Cindy Cook, Co-Owner of Candyman Strings & Things.

Each student gets to join a band, learn instruments, and play in a concert. Since the program’s start in 2010, they’ve been able to give nearly $30,000 in scholarship money.

“We definitely don’t want to turn anybody away if they’re not able to pay,” said Cook.

Since the store posted surveillance video of the theft on Facebook, the response from the community has been overwhelming.

“These donations were from the community members for kids,” explained Cook. She hopes the video will help police catch the thief. “You can’t get away with that, not here, not in my house.”

The heist only netted the thief about $50, since workers had recently emptied the jar.

The store has had instruments stolen before. But for the shop workers, this is crossing the line. “I think it’s absurd that they even have to stoop this low,” said Cody Drouin, Assistant Manager.

Store workers said the man drove off in a silver Taurus. Police are following up on leads.

Music store employees said they’ll empty the jar more often, and it’s now glued to the table. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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