Tip leads to arrest of man wanted for stealing Ronald McDonald donation box

Ronald McDonald donation theft

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Crime Stoppers tip led to a man’s arrest Saturday for stealing a donation box for the Ronald McDonald House charities off the counter of a Hermitage McDonald’s.

Police reported Thomas Shockley, 28, entered the restaurant on Aug. 9 and cut the security cable to the credit card reader from the counter top before removing both it and the donation box.

According to an affidavit, security video provided by McDonald’s shows Shockley pacing back and forth by the counter for a few minutes before taking the donation box.

After reviewing the video, a detective was reportedly able to identify Shockley after he prosecuted him on an unrelated case in 2014.

Police reported a Crime Stoppers tip indicated Shockley was responsible for the theft.

The estimated total value of the property taken was $612.

Donations from canisters make up about 10 percent of total donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Nashville, accounting for about $150,000 each year.

The house serves 32 families every night.

Heather Powell, development director for the Ronald McDonald House of Nashville, says the organization relies on private donations. So when someone steals money, it hurts.

“We want to make sure those moneys that people donate come to where they’re intended, which is at the Ronald McDonald House to help families and sick kids who need a place to stay when they’re far from home,” said Powell.

Shockley was booked into the Metro jail and charged with one counts of theft over $500, one count of theft under $500 and vandalism. His bond was set at $45,000.

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