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A donation jar had $600 for a fatally shot child. A woman decided she needed it more.

Woman steals restaurant’s donation jar for family of slain Jacksonville girl

A woman leaves Tapatio Restaurant in Jacksonville Friday after bagging the donation jar for Heydi Rivas-Villanueva's family. Heydi, 7, was killed when caught in the crossfire of a gunfight outside the restaurant on Aug. 11.
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A woman leaves Tapatio Restaurant in Jacksonville Friday after bagging the donation jar for Heydi Rivas-Villanueva's family. Heydi, 7, was killed when caught in the crossfire of a gunfight outside the restaurant on Aug. 11.

While the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office collected suspects in the shooting death of 7-year-old Heydi Rivas-Villanueva, a local restaurant collected donations for Heydi’s family.

Surveillance video caught a woman helping herself to Tapatio Restaurant’s donation jar Friday night. On Saturday, officers arrested Tammy Crews and said the 46-year-old admitted to stealing the donation jar with $600.

A Facebook post from the Sheriff’s Office said Crews, “admitted that she took the donation jar and used the money to support her crack cocaine addiction.”

The Sheriff’s Office posted a video of the theft to its social media accounts Saturday. By that afternoon, they received a tip that Crews was the woman in the video. An officer crossed her path just four blocks from Tapatio Restaurant, the Sheriff’s Office said. When she mentioned she had a crack pipe, she was detained. Soon after, officers said, Crews admitted to the jar theft.

She was booked into jail on charges of grand theft and drug paraphernalia possession. Bond was set at $10,000.

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Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Facebook post announcing Tammy Crews’ arrest

Heydi was shot Aug. 11 in a parked car near Tapatio when a gunfight broke out on either side of the vehicle. Three people have been arrested in connection with that shooting.

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