Teen steals Vietnam veteran's donation can outside grocery store
Jaclyn Brandt and Yona Gavino
MILWAUKEE - A teenager swiped a donation jar that would’ve help fund veterans causes.
Richard Ott was sitting by the doors of the Pick 'n Save at 8151 W Bluemound Road collecting money for Wisconsin Vietnam veterans.
“I was sitting here and a youth made a bad decision and grabbed the money container," says Ott.
As Ott went into the store to report the crime, he saw a police officer shopping. The officer ran after the suspect, but couldn't catch him.
The money in the donation can will be used to help the homeless and help families keep food on the table. The President of Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Chapter One is appalled.
"To have something like this happen is ludicrous,” says Tim Barancyk of Wisconsin Vietnam Vets. “And I sometimes wonder, why do we do this? We do this to help the families that need it the most."
Despite what happened, this won't stop the vets from helping fellow vets. The donations will also go towards preserving photos of the all the Wisconsin Service Members. Their names are on the National Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C.
“We're going to continue to do this regardless of what happens," resolves Barancyk.
Ott didn't think he was in any danger. He’s just sad someone would steal from veterans. Milwaukee Police are investigating the robbery. They’ll show the video to local schools to see if anyone recognizes the teenager.
To donate to the memorial the man was collecting for, for Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans, click here.
To learn more about events for Vietnam Veterans in Wisconsin, click here.