VIDEO: Woman caught on camera stealing donation jar

(WXYZ) - Eighteen-year-old Zachary Lovelace is in a hospital tonight fighting Stage 2 cancer, and the money meant to help him was taken from this Ypsilanti Township business.

7 Action News has obtained video of the crook from the owner of Great Lakes Vapes, an e-cigarette store.

The video shows a woman walking into the store near Michigan Avenue and Hewitt Road in Ypsilanti Township. She then asks for something near the rear of the business, so the only employee’s back is turned and--just like that-- the jar of donations meant for 18-year-old Zachary is gone.

“On the front of the donation jar there’s a giant picture of Zack and a description of what it’s for, ” says Charlotte Woods, a Great Lakes Vapes employee and family friend of Zachary.

The crook described by a Great Lakes Vapes employee is that of a 30 to 40-year-old woman with a ponytail and wearing pajamas. The crook took the jar and placed it in a large bag.

“How can you even do that, how can you have a soul. I mean you have to be a really dark person to take from a child who's fighting cancer. You’re heartless,” says Woods.

The family says the donation jars placed at several business have raised hundreds of dollars to help with Zach’s living expenses and treatments at U of M’s Mott Children’s Hospital. 

If you recognize the woman, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP