Donation jar for teen with cancer stolen from Rock Hill gas station

Donation jar for teen with cancer stolen from Rock Hill gas station


by RAD BERKY / NewsChannel 36

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Posted on August 3, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 3 at 7:30 AM

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A jar containing donations for a 14-year-old Rock Hill girl who is fighting cancer was stolen by a man who seemed to have planned what he intended to do.

"He came prepared for stealing the money," said Ash Kumar, who owns and operates Scott's Food Store on Heckle Boulevard in Rock Hill, where the jar was sitting on the counter.

The jar held about $150 in bills and coins meant for Emily Elkins and her family.

Emily was diagnosed back in May with a cancer that attacks the muscles where they attach to her bones. It is called Rhabdomyosarcoma and doctors said she is in stage four.

On video tape from the store's surveillance camera system, a man entered the store. He filled a bucket with water that he told a clerk he needed for his vehicle.

On the tape, the man was seen at the counter with the bucket and his right hand near the donation jar.

Watching the tape, Kumar said, "He grabbed the jar and sank it in the water so that is doesn't make a noise."

The man then was seen calmly walking out the door.

Emily's father, Paul Elkins said, "You got a 14-year-old girl up here fighting cancer and this guy does something like that."

He said it is not about the money. "If he'd wanted it that bad or needed it that bad, all he had to do was ask and we'd have given it to him. My daughter would go, 'Daddy, let him have it.'"

There is a new jar now at the store and friends and neighbors are again pitching in for Emily.

The local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police has also stepped forward with a donation of $200 for Emily.

What matters now to Emily's father is his daughter and her courageous fight.

"She knows the Lord is going to take care of her. She knows the Lord is going to guide the doctors in what they do and she knows she is going to pull through this," said Elkins.

If anyone has any information about the theft or knows who the suspect is, call the Rock Hill Police.