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Police seek thief who stole boy’s cancer medication off porch

Porch Pirate Cancer Medication

Metro Police

Metro Police say this man is a suspect in the theft of a package containing a young cancer patient’s chemotherapy medication from the porch of a home in the 1700 block of Mill Canyon Drive on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.

Updated Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 | 6:20 p.m.

A thief in Las Vegas made off with a delivery package containing what a mother told police was $40,000 worth of cancer treatment drugs for her 14-year-old son, authorities said today.

Police issued a plea for help finding the thief and released a photo of the man seen in doorbell security video. He took two packages Thursday from the front of a home in the 1700 block of Mill Canyon Drive in the northwest valley, police said.

Police provided a link to the security camera footage.

Stacey Shavinsky told KLAS-TV that she just wants the thief to return a box containing a chemotherapy drug that her son takes daily for a rare form of cancer.

"You're not just taking pants or a shirt, you're taking something that's keeping someone alive," she said.

Shavinsky called 911 and filed a police report, Officer Laura Meltzer said, but an immediate search of the neighborhood by a detective did not find the thief.

Because of the value of the package, he could face a felony theft charge, Meltzer said.

The man was believed to be in his 20s, wearing sunglasses, a red baseball cap and a red plaid shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 702-385-5555 or contact Crime Stoppers online at Tips leading directly to an arrest or indictment processed through Crime Stoppers may be eligible for a cash reward.

The Las Vegas Sun staff contributed to this report.