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Gas station owner: FWPD won't investigate veterans donation theft

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -

Adam Dager says this is what a Fort Wayne police detective told him when he called to follow up on a theft of donations at his gas station.

"He goes, "Yeah, um, because of the nature of the crime, this is just a misdemeanor. We're not going to do anything about it," Dager quotes the officer as saying.

Surveillance video from the Monday before Thanksgiving shows a young man take cash from a military boot set up on the counter to receive spare change for families of local veterans.

Dager says he called the police to report the crime, then followed up three weeks later and was stunned to get the cold shoulder.
"Why there are people out there that are supposed to be serving us, why they're not up in arms and being like, "Oh yeah, we're going to go get this guy right away," he says.
Dager says the police didn't even want a copy of his surveillance video.
He'd posted the clips to Facebook, like he does for all the thefts from his stores, and says he got multiple tips about the young man's name within hours.
But he says the detective told him it was a victimless crime because the money didn't really belong to anyone.
"We have that boot up there, it symbolizes this is going to a veteran. And it is," Dager says.
He says stealing what was supposed to go to people who've sacrificed for our country is the lowest of lows, which is why he continues to post his video to social media.
 "I want it to get out there to the masses so that at least, at the end of the day, not another single person gives him a cent. I'd like to run him out of the town, to be honest with you," he says.
Dager just followed up with the prosecutor's office, which he says did make a copy of his video, and will decide whether to file charges.
We reached out to the Fort Wayne police department for a response but have not heard back.

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