Two cancer donation jars have been stolen from two separate Walgreens locations that are in the same area, police said.
“Dakota Clark is a 7-year-old battling a very rare form of cancer,” said Pinal County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Elias Johnson. “The family has depleted their savings and their 401(k). They’ve cashed in a lot of their personal finances to help keep their daughter alive.”
With their money gone, the family needs financial help to buy groceries. Johnson said they have placed donation jars with Dakota’s story on the front in several businesses in San Tan Valley. On two separate occasions, someone has stolen those jars — and the money in them — from separate Walgreen’s stores a few miles apart on the Hunt Highway.
On July 22, a suspect entered the Walgreens at 3111 W. Hunt Highway and allegedly took a donation jar containing money meant for a family whose 7-year-old girl is battling cancer.
On August 9, a similar event happened when another suspect entered the Walgreens located at 333 E. Hunt Highway and allegedly took a different donation jar. This suspect was seen getting into a silver vehicle with custom wheels.
Johnson said deputies are looking for two separate suspects.
“They’re both white males,” he said. In the first crime, the man had brown hair and looked to be in his mid-to-upper 20’s. In the most recent theft, Johnson said “the individual has a much more thin build with blonde hair, and looked to be 16 to 22 years of age.”
Both jars were clearly marked as being a donation jar meant for the family.
Johnson estimates that the robbers netted about $300 total in the two robberies. Fortunately, the family had emptied the jar one day before the second theft happened, so there wasn’t much money in the jar when it was stolen.
Johnson said deputies want these guys caught.
“These two subjects stole from a girl who is fighting for her life,” he said. “Regardless of how petty the offense is of simple theft, the message is that we don’t stand for that in San Tan Valley. The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is the police force in that unincorporated area. When we see cases like this, we want to bring justice to Dakota and her family because it’s really a sick crime.”
Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office at (520) 866-5111.
For more information on Clark’s plight, go to dakotasdestiny.com.