KENNEWICK, Wash. - Someone stole the tip jar from the Kennewick Ranch and Home coffee shop inside the store. But it wasn't just any tip jar, it was a donation jar for Camp Patriot - the non-profit organization that takes wounded or disabled veterans on outdoor adventures.
"Dollars, five dollars, ten dollars. There was a substantial amount of money," said Mike Manning of Ranch and Home.
Manning said the jar was about three quarters full when it disappeared Wednesday and it was all caught on tape.
"In the video he was acting nervous. He'd walked around and walked behind this counter to my right and observed and walked out and came back around and as he walked out he just nonchalantly picked it up and walked out the door," Manning said.
"We totally rely on donations. We have no federal funding so it's all through corporations and Ranch and Home is one of our big supporters," said Camp Patriot founder Micah Clark.
The organization takes veterans on trips to places like the Grand Canyon and Mount Rainier. They go white water rafting and even cross country skiing.
"Through these adventures we're able to create a paradigm shift and kind of shift away from the bad things that have happened and their service time. Let them realize they have abilities to live life and not look at the disabilities they're living with," Clark said.
"We're devastated because it was a lot of money and it was going to a good cause," Manning said.
The donation jar has been found and returned to Ranch and Home.
Tuesday, March 11 2014 2:36 AM EDT2014-03-11 06:36:47 GMT
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