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Good Samaritans Help Police Arrest Man Accused of Stealing Donation Jar

A Plano police detective is thanking two men who helped him arrest a theft suspect last week.

As day laborers, Kirby Sample and Andre Harvey see their fair share of action -- but they'd never seen anything like what happened Friday.

As they stood on the sidewalk outside Plano's Day Labor Center, they watched a police detective try to arrest a man on the hood of his cruiser.

"I thought it was something out of a TV movie," Sample said.

Police said the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Majd Qewar, is seen on surveillance seconds earlier stealing a donation jar from a nearby 7-Eleven convenience store.

"That's pathetic. You don't steal from children and these are children with handicaps. You don't do that, you know," Sample said.

The suspect is then seen running out the door and down the street, where Plano Police Detective Jon Hoffman happened to be driving by.

"He come running this way carrying all that MDA money he'd just stolen," Hoffman explained.

Hoffman tried arresting the suspect, who he said begins to resist.

Harvey was recording the whole ordeal on his cell phone, including the moment Hoffman asks for help.

"For a police officer to ask me for help, that's compelling, you know," Sample said.

Sample and Harvey run over to help without thinking twice about helping the officer, even if it meant putting themselves in harm's way.

"Bullets have not names, no directional firing, anything could've happened if he got a hold of the officer's gun," Harvey said.

"Makes me feel good," Sample said. "Makes me feel good about myself that I could lend a hand in help."

"Certainly I have faith demonstrated by these two men that the community still has our back when we need it," Hoffman said.

Money from the donation jar was collected and the jar was returned to the store.

Qewar, a Jordanian national, remains in the Collin County Jail. He's charged with theft, resisting arrest, illegal possession of a controlled substance and possession of heroin.

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