Hobart Police Seek Info on Man Who Stole Children’s Miracle Network Donations

Anyone who recognizes the individual pictured is urged to contact Hobart Police Lt. James Gonzales @ 219-942-4405 or by e-mail @ jgonzales@cityofhobart.org

January 9, 2017-Hobart Police are seeking assistance from the public after a man allegedly stole a jar containing donations intended to benefit Children’s Miracle Network. According to Lt. James Gonzales of the Hobart Police Department, the incident occurred just after Christmas, on December 28, 2016. The male allegedly walked into the gas station near I-65 and 61st Avenue and engaged the clerk in conversation. “Once the clerk walks away from the register, the suspect reaches over the counter and grabs the Children’s Miracle Network donation jar and exits the gas station. The suspect is described as being a male black, approximately 50 years of age. A witness who was interviewed in the store thought he recognized the suspect from his childhood neighborhood in Merrillville and his name may be “Steve” According to Lt. Gonzales.

The vehicle shown in the surveillance photo is possibly the vehicle the suspect was driving, the vehicle is parked out of view of the surveillance camera when it is parked, but it arrives the same time the suspect arrives and leaves shortly after the suspect leaves the gas station.

Lt Gonzales stated “I’m most certain that the Children’s Miracle Network could use the money that was stolen, more so than the suspect that stole it!” If anyone knows the identity of the suspect, please contact Lt. James Gonzales @ 219-942-4405 or by e-mail @ jgonzales@cityofhobart.org

all criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. No charges have been filed in this case. Readers are reminded that criminal charges are merely allegations and the government bears the burden of proving those allegations.

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