Pleasanton police are looking for a man who stole a donation jar with hundreds of dollars meant for a local elementary school last month.
The thief took the jar on April 21 around 5:01 a.m. from inside the Valero gas station on Santa Rita Road near West Las Positas Boulevard.
On Thursday, the Pleasanton Police Department shared security camera footage of the suspect, who is seen lurking outside the station at 3192 Santa Rita Road just before the theft occurred. Sgt. Ryan Tujague told the Weekly a solo worker who normally kept the doors locked was preparing to open the station when the suspect seized his moment of opportunity.
"The bad guy was just waiting for the clerk to go in the back, and he ran right in and grabbed (the jar) and ran out," Tujague said.
The donations were intended for Fairlands Elementary School, according to Tujague, who said there was about $300 in the jar. Pleasanton Unified School District called it "very sad that someone would feel they would need to do this and to choose to take from funds sorely needed for our elementary schools."
The suspect is a clean-shaven white male in his late 40s or 50s, wearing a black hoodie under a gray sweatshirt, dark pants and black gloves.
There haven't been any leads so far but Tujague said, "What has been nice is some people in the community have reached out and offered to pay that money."
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Pleasanton police at 931-5100 and refer to case number #20-14772.