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Woman Steals From Donation Jar Created For Slain 7-Year-Old Girl, Cops Say

“Can we say in jail? That’s right, Tammy Crews has been arrested and booked into jail,” police said.

By Gina Tron

A Florida woman was caught on surveillance video stealing a donation jar filled with money intended for a slain 7-year-old girl’s family.

Crews is accused of snatching the donation jar, containing $600, off a counter at Tapatio Restaurant, a Jacksonville eatery. Local police had posted the surveillance video to social media on Friday, asking the public for help for identifying the culprit.

“Can we say in jail? That’s right, Tammy Crews has been arrested and booked into jail,” the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said on Saturday night.

The money in the jar was supposed to go to the family of Heydi Rivas Villanueva, who was killed by a stray bullet earlier this month. She was sitting in a car parked in a strip mall, waiting with her dad and a sibling for her mother to come out of her job at a Mexican restaurant located in the shopping plaza, police say.

Gunfire then erupted between two unrelated groups nearby — and a stray bullet struck the girl in the head, killing her. Three suspects were arrested in connection with her death by last Thursday.

A citizen tip led to the identity of Crews, 46, according to police. Police found her walking on the street, and she allegedly told the cop that she had a crack pipe on her, according to police. Police arrested her and seized the glass pipe.

Police said Crews admitted that she took the donation jar in order to support her crack cocaine addiction. She has been arrested and charged with grand theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. She is being held on $10,000 bond.

[Photo: Jacksonville Sheriff's Office]

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