LITCHFIELD — Maine State Police say a man turned himself in and confessed to stealing a donation jar full of change set out for an local family.

The collection can was stolen Sunday from the counter at Gowells Store on Route 197, Maine State Police Trooper Christopher Rogers said in a news release.

Late Tuesday, Rogers said Brian Hodge, 33, of Winthrop had seen his surveillance photo in the media, then called police to take responsibility.

Police went to Hodge’s residence and summonsed him on a charge of theft.

“He cooperated and said he had made a mistake,” Rogers said. “He said it was just right there in front of him.”

Hodge now has an October court date.

The donations were being collected for the family of Leon “Cy” Wagg of Bowdoin, who died July 10.

Rogers did not say how much money was in the jar, but that Hodge said $7 remained, and that he had “burned the can” to hide the evidence.

Surveillance cameras showed a man taking the donation jar and walking out of the store wearing sunglasses, a dark tank top and light-colored shorts, with a large tattoo on his left arm.