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DAYTON, Iowa — Stealing money from kids during Christmas Time is pretty low, but that’s exactly what a couple of grinches did in the small Iowa town of Dayton. The theft was captured on camera.

It happened at the Dayton Car Wash a little before four o’clock in the morning on the day after Christmas. Items were taken from the Little Jaguars Booster Club’s collection bin. The club collects cans all year round, and then redeems the cans for money to fund field trips, sports equipment, school supplies and after-prom events, and many other things.

“I would estimate probably less than $200,” said Chief Nicholas Dunbar. “It’s not the biggest theft. The disappointing fact is that they were taking the cans and stealing money from children essentially.”

Chief Dunbar calls it a crime of opportunity, because it happened early in the morning when there were not a lot of people around to see it.

“There’s not a lot of vehicle traffic, not a lot of pedestrian traffic,” said Dunbar. “There`s just not a lot of people out. So, you could see in the video they clearly got out of the vehicle when they exited the car wash and looked around, made sure that nobody was there watching. I don’t think they seen the security video system there though.”

Anyone with any information about this theft is asked to contact the Dayton Police Department at 515-573-2323.

DES MOINES, Iowa — While the warm weather might be nice for some Iowans, most of the state’s ice fisherman would say things have been less than ideal.

“Places near Des Moines like Badger Creek or Beaver Lake where we had seen some early ice fishing, that’s pretty much been ruined because of the warm weather” said DNR Spokesman Mick Klemesrud.

The Iowa DNR says if fisherman are still feeling the need to get out on the ice they need to travel.

“You need to go further north and find some of our natural shallow lakes like Clear Lake and Spirit Lake, East Okoboji…with this freeze thaw cycle we’ve been in that does weaken existing ice to the point where if you don’t have much snow cover to buffer the heat you’re going to lose the strength and the quality of the ice” said Klemesrud.

The weather has been a bit of a pain for shops in the metro like Johnston Bait and Tackle; less ice means less customers.

“There’s definitely guys on the weekend still going up but it’s always busier if we have some decent ice around here. You know, it’s easy after work or on the weekend to take the kids and hop on the pond or something” said employee Gus Beebe.

Beebe says they’re hoping a cold snap in January will get things back on track for their business, and for when they get to close up shop and fish themselves.

“I had some big plans for Big Creek this year. I know there’s some big channel cats, big walleye, it’s been a really good walleye year up there already, so I’m looking forward to continuing that through the ice” he said.

If you do venture out on the ice, the DNR says you need at least four inches of new clear ice, and five to six if you’re bringing a snowmobile. Johnston Bait and Tackle says make sure you have the right gear.

“Spud bars are always crucial, spikes, have a buddy. No fish is worth your life, you know?” said Beebe.

Fisherman can check out to find ponds stocked by the DNR.