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Arrest made in Vernal Relay For Life donation theft

Published: Friday, May 17 2013 5:25 p.m. MDT

Surveillance video from Walgreens in Vernal shows a man who police say stole a five-gallon container filled with donations for the annual Relay for Life charity event, which raises money to fight cancer.

Vernal Police Department

VERNAL — An arrest has been made after a man reportedly walked away with donations for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.

John Stuart Branham, 37, was arrested Friday after police say he grabbed a large jug containing about $500 donated to Relay For Life and walked out the front door of Walgreens, 1316 U.S. 40.

Branham reportedly entered the store just before 8:45 a.m. May 11, didn't make any purchases and took the donations from near an unattended cash register.

Police earlier this week released surveillance images from the theft and asked the public for tips about the theft.

Branham was booked into Uintah County Jail for investigation of burglary, theft and failure to register as a sex offender.

— McKenzie Romero

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