KNXV / Berea Municipal Court
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio -- (KNXV) -- A Cleveland man is facing misdemeanor charges after he allegedly stole the donation box for a childhood cancer nonprofit from a pretzel store at SouthPark Mall in Strongsville, Ohio earlier this month.
Johnny J. Whitaker, 33, was charged with two counts of theft, according to Berea Municipal Court records.
Auntie Anne's employees noticed the box was missing when they opened the store on July 9. Police said security footage showed a man and woman approach the store after employees closed up. The man fiddled with a security wire attached to a donation box and then walked off with the box containing an estimated $50 to $75.
Whitaker later turned himself in to police and pleaded not guilty to theft charges.