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Apple Valley Police seek man who stole donation jar set up for deceased baby

APPLE VALLEY, Calif.  ( — Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who they say stole a charity tub containing money for an infant child’s funeral services.

On March 7, 2018 at about 1:09 a.m., the suspect, identified as Steven Hodel, 41, of Upland entered the Apple Valley Gas Mart in the 21800 block of Highway 18.

“Hodel located a charity tub full of an unknown amount of cash/money on the counter next to the cash register, took the tub of charity money and concealed it under his jacket. Hodel paid for an item and exited the store, stealing the charity money,” sheriff’s officials said in a news release.

The charity money was to go to the family whose infant child died in a recent car accident in Apple Valley and help pay for the child’s funeral services.

Steven Hodel was identified by the surveillance video at the Apple Valley Gas Mart and is wanted for questioning regarding this case. Hodel is on Felony Probation (Post Release Community Supervision) and currently wanted on a felony no bail warrant.

The Apple Valley Station is requesting any assistance locating Hodel. Anyone with information is to contact the Apple Valley Station at (760)240-7400 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001.

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