Police say man stole donation jar meant for family of teen killed in fire

Courtesy: Dickson County Police Department

DICKSON, Tenn. (WKRN) – Police are searching for a man they say stole a donation jar intended for the family of a teenage girl who was killed in a house fire last week.

Photo: WKRN
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According to police, Aaron Gooch reportedly used a stolen credit card to buy dinner at a Mexican restaurant where Nadia Garcia worked. When the card failed, police said Gooch stole the donation jar off the counter and fled.

“They have nothing, so I’ve been raising money,” said Maria Lopez, close family friend. “I just think it’s horrible, I don’t know why he did that.”

Camino Real Mexican Restaurant continues to raise funds, with a second jar now in place.

Eric Thornton, who owns the shopping center where the restaurant is located, has promised to match every dollar, up to $5,000.

The donations will be counted through Friday.

Gooch reportedly was pursued into Humphreys County on Monday afternoon but ran away from deputies in Waverly. On Monday night, Humphreys County Sheriffs Office posted on Facebook that Gooch was likely in Benton County after he crashed a stolen car.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call Dickson police at 615-446-8041 Ext. 4.