Man accused of stealing cancer patient's donation jar arrested

HARVEY, LA (WVUE) - A man accused of stealing a donation jar for a cancer patient has been arrested.

Keith Gaskins was arrested Friday. He has been charged with theft.

Deputies arrested Gaskins on MacArthur Ave. around 8 a.m. Friday.  He was transported to Jefferson Parish Correctional Center to be booked.

The incident was caught on surveillance video at McGuire's Pit Stop West, a sports bar in Harvey, Louisiana. A man was seen lifting a donation jar full of cash from the bar. Police say the suspect was later identified as Gaskins.

Scott Michel is suffering Stage 4 colon cancer, so friends of his at the bar decided to take up a collection, generating hundreds of dollars in donations in just a few short weeks. They realized on Wednesday night that the jar was missing.

"We looked around frantically, couldn't find it anywhere, so I got on the cameras narrowed it down to when the jug was there when the jug wasn't there, got that time frame and I literally saw the guy swiping the jug and running out the front door," said bar manager Kent "Hollywood" Hunter.

Surveillance video shows the man nudging the jar to the edge of the bar before checking to see if anyone was looking and then snatching the jar and bolting through the front door.

"He's a real piece of crap, that's as nice as I can say," Hunter said.

But the crew at the bar won't give up on Michel, already planning a benefit in his honor this weekend. The benefit will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at the bar, located at 530 Destrehan Ave.

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