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06/10/2014 12:57 EDT | Updated 08/10/2014 05:59 EDT

Ride to Conquer Cancer donation theft suspect caught on camera

Hamilton police are asking the public to help them identify a man who allegedly stole a donation box containing $11,000 from a weekend charity bike ride.

The theft took place at Ride to Conquer Cancer's banquet dinner at the Sheraton Hotel on King Street on Saturday. Supporters of the event paid an admission fee, as well as donated to the fundraiser.

The suspect was captured on camera leaving the hotel while carrying the cash box.

The suspect is described as white, 40 to 45 years old with blond and/or grey hair. He was wearing an orange polo shirt over a white T-shirt, dark jeans, brown running shoes, sunglasses and a cellphone on his hip.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hamilton Police Service, Criminal Investigation Division, Det. Const. James O’Hara or Det. Const. Lauren Troubridge at 905-546-3818. They can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Now in its 7th year, the annual event draws thousands of participants who complete a two-day, 200-kilometre ride between Toronto and Niagara Falls.

More than 5,000 riders participated in the 2014 fundraiser over the weekend, raising $20 million for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, according to the organizer.

More to come.

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