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St. Petersburg police looking for man who stole donation jar benefiting fallen officers

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are looking for a man who stole money from a donation jar to help the families of fallen Sgt. Thomas J. Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz.

The incident happened on Feb. 19 about 12:30 p.m. at the UPS store at 204 37 Ave. N.

Police said the suspect bought some shipping envelopes and, before leaving, swiped a plastic donation jar from the counter and placed into his shopping bag.

The theft was caught on surveillance camera.

A store employee put the receptacle on the counter and it was clearly identified as benefiting the fallen officers' families.

The jar contained about $100.

Police described the suspect as black, in his 60s, with gray hair. He was last seen wearing a black short-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and brown shoes. He was accompanied by another man.

Police ask anyone who might recognize the suspect or companion to contact Detective Dean Clark at (727) 892-5144 or call the their tip line at (727) 892-5000 or Text-a-Tip at (727) 420-8911.

Police said they did not release this information sooner because of the fatal shooting of Officer David Crawford and the subsequent aftermath.

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