VIDEO | Police say New Albany man caught on camera stealing from donation jar
Local financial planner Mark Lamkin says the alleged thief didn't count on the fact that the home's surveillance cameras were equipped with infrared detection...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A New Albany man has been summoned to appear in court after police say he was caught stealing from a donation jar after a Derby party at a Louisville home.
According to a criminal summons, it happened on May 7, at a Derby party hosted at the home of Mark Lamkin, a local financial planner.
Police say 47-year-old Glenn Smith was acting as a DJ at the party. According to the summons, there was a donation jar at the party, labeled "Blessings in a Backpack," the name of the charity the money was intended for.
At one point during the night, Lamkin counted over $500 in the jar. Lamkin says almost $1,000 was taken.
After the party ended, police say Smith returned to the room with the jar and turned off the lights. He then allegedly took the cash and kept it.
Police say that, unknown to Smith, Lamkin's home had surveillance cameras equipped with infrared detection, making it possible for the cameras to clearly record the alleged theft even though the lights were out.
As soon as it was discovered that the money was missing, Lamkin called police and gave them the surveillance video.
Smith was served with a criminal summons on Aug. 2. He is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 30 on a charge of theft by unlawful taking. Lamkin says Smith had been out of state and police had to wait for him to get back to Kentucky.
Lamkin tells WDRB News, "I decided to prosecute because it wasn't fair to the folks that gave the money and more important from the children he literally stole food from!!!"
Blessings in a Backpack provides food for elementary school students who have little or no food to eat on the weekends.
Smith was a volunteer with Cabo Wabo events, but quit participating 5 years ago, according to event organizers.
We tried to reach out to Smith, but he has not returned our calls.
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