MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Some donation jars are empty in the Cooper-Young neighborhood. Police say one man decided to take the donations for himself.
Nicholas Wren was arrested and charged with swiping money from collection plates at two different businesses.
One victim of Wren's donation stealing spree is Stone Soup Cafe. The owner says she tried to help him out, but instead he ran off with a handful of money.
"He came in and said he was cold and hungry," Sharron Johnson said. "It was the day we had ice on the ground."
Johnson says she gave him a free meal, but he repaid her by stealing money people donated to Memphis Civitan Club.
"He took off with the donation jar out of the front and headed down the sidewalk."
Johnson then chased Wren down trying to get the money back. She caught up with him, but wasn't able to get the money back before he made off again.
Investigators say he also stole from a donation jar at the Mapco Express on Central Avenue.
"Stealing out of a donation is just terrible," Phil Ball, a Mapco customer, said. "That's pretty low."
"I think it's really bad," Hunter Higgs said. "I can't think of anything really worse than stealing from somebody else."