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HILO >> A Pahoa man has been sentenced to six months in jail for stealing a jar containing donations for a girl who needs a heart transplant.

Jeffrey William Kleinschmidt previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge for stealing the jar at Irie Hawaii Smoke Shop in Pahoa. Surveillance footage from the store shows a man in February stuffing the jar into his pants and walking away.

Store manager Jose Miranda says the jar had at least $200 in donations for Madisyn Tamaki, a third-grade student at Pahoa Elementary School.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Tuesday 57-year-old Kleinschmidt must also reimburse the store $201.

Deputy Prosecutor Winston Albright says he’s pleased with the 6-month sentence.

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