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A repeat offender and parole absconder is back in police custody after he allegedly stole money meant for children with disabilities at a fundraiser in a Michigan community.
Police reported that John Allen Rowell, 41, of Flint, allegedly walked in and stole a bag from the registration table on January 6 at a fundraiser being held by The Miracle League of Oakland County.
Event organizers were placing cash and checks into the bag that Rowel swiped, which had around $300 in cash and a check worth $210 inside.
According to a press released, organizers stated that the money was going to go towards giving children with disabilities the opportunity to play on a baseball team.
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Michigan man arrested for stealing money from disabled children’s charity. (Michigan Department of Corrections)
Rowell fled the event and was arrested Monday evening at a motel in the Flint area after video footage and a motel key he left behind led police to him.
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Police arrested 41-year-old John Allen Rowell after he was accused of stealing money from a charity event for children with disabilities. (Waterford Township Police Department)
Police added that he did admit to stealing the money and the bag was recovered in his motel room.
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Rowell is currently on parole for resisting police, malicious destruction, and breaking and entering and also has a long criminal record, with felony convictions dating back as far as 2001, according to court records.