JACKSONVILLE, Florida — A cold-hearted thief who stole a collection jar containing $600 for the family of a 7-year-old girl killed in a stray-bullet shooting, has been arrested, police say.
Tammy Crews, 46, was arrested on Saturday, after getting caught on surveillance video grabbing the donation jar of the counter at Tapatio Restaurant in Jacksonville, shoving it in her bag and swiftly walking out.
The restaurant was collecting money for the family of Heydi Rivas-Villaneuva, who was shot while sitting in a parked car after a gun battle erupted between two men standing on either side of the vehicle.
Police say the restaurant had collected about $600 in donations when Crews nabbed the container.
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s office, Crews “admitted that she took the donation jar and used the money to support her crack cocaine addiction.”
Once cops posted the surveillance video to Facebook, they were flooded with tips and caught up to Crews the next day, just a few blocks from the restaurant.
After cops began speaking to her, she admitted carrying a crack pipe for which she was detained. Once back at the precinct, she admitted she had stolen the jar and spent much of the cash on drugs.
Three people have been arrested in connection with the little girl’s shooting.