LAS VEGAS (Meredith) - A 14-year-old boy in Las Vegas is pleading for a package thief to return a box containing his chemotherapy medicine.
“Just please give it back. It really helps me," said Gage Hayes, who is fighting a rare blood cancer called systemic mastocytosis.
Surveillance video shows a suspect approach the teen's home on Feb. 7, wearing a red flannel shirt, sunglasses and a red baseball cap. He then grabs two packages -- one containing cancer medication. The teen's mother told police the medicine is worth about $40,000.
Hayes said he was devastated when he learned someone stole his medicine.
"I was just really sad," he told KVVU-TV. "I know how hard it’s been trying to get this medicine because it’s not really that often that we can get new medicine for me."
Las Vegas Police spokesperson Larry Hadfield said the suspect could face a felony theft charge, due to the cash value of the package.
“Pretty sure the individual didn’t believe he was stealing chemotherapy medication and most likely discarded it after he found it," said Hadfield.
The suspect is believed to be in his 20s, about 6-feet tall with a medium build.
On Monday, Capt. Sasha Larkin issued another plea to help find the suspect.
"Help identify this criminal who stole chemotherapy medication from a young child in our community!" she tweeted.
Help identify this criminal who stole chemotherapy medication from a young child in our community! If you have information, please contact NWAC Investigators at 702-828-8577 or @CrimeStoppersNV to remain anonymous. Ref. LVMPD Event # LLV19029999979 https://t.co/4TFrbUPdsH— LVMPD NWAC (@LVMPDNWAC) February 12, 2019
The teen's family has also created a GoFundMe to help cover the cost of his cancer treatment.
Anyone with information about the identity or location of the suspect is urged to call the Northwest Area Command Patrol Investigations Section at 702-828-8577 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.