Donation jars for orphans swiped from Dearborn Heights, Dearborn businesses

Police believe 1 man responsible for dozen donation jar thefts at businesses in Dearborn, Dearborn Heights


DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. – Donation money collected for the benefit of orphans has been stolen by a thief at nearly a dozen businesses along Ford Road in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights.

Police believe the same thief is responsible for the crimes.

Video surveillance from a sub shop in Dearborn Heights shows a man, believed to be 18 years old, walking in with a white T-shirt around his neck. He started fidgeting with an orphan donation box on the sub shop counter near the cash register. He ordered a meal and when the cashier turned his back the man walked out with the jar filled with donation money.

"We were like right here so yeah, he had to be slick," said Hassan Ajami, of Al Basha Subs. "He just walked away like it was nothing."

Police say the same man committed the same theft at Lebon Sweets just down the street from the sub shop. The man also is linked to a string of similar thefts at businesses along Ford Road. In each case, his getaway car has been described as a newer model Honda Civic.

"It's disgusting what's happening," said Lebon Sweets' owner.

The thief's gain comes at a huge loss to the Sadr Foundation, a non profit which provides help to those in need.

"I don't know what kind of human would steal from an orphanage," Ajami said.

Anyone with with information on the suspect is asked to call Dearborn Heights police at 313-277-6770.