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Some people have no heart. Police are currently looking for a man who stole a can full of donations meant for a 7-year-old girl’s cancer treatment, AZfamily.com reports.

Dakota Clark, a second-grader at Walker Butte elementary, was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma in May when doctors found tumors in her stomach, chest, and lymph nodes. Clark’s family couldn’t afford the expensive cancer treatment, so they turned to the community for support.

Bath salts? PCP? The oppressive heat? What else would possess a grown man wearing nothing but a tiny t-shirt to break into an apartment and grab the arm of an 8-year-old girl?

It’s all conjecture at this point, since authorities haven’t said why Joshua Reardon allegedly did the things he’s accused of doing. Reardon was charged on Monday with a whole slew of crimes for reportedly breaking into a Phoenix woman’s apartment and scaring the daylights out of her two young daughters, the Phoenix New Times reports.

What authorities believed was a breakthrough in the case of missing 6-year-old Isabel Celis turned out to be a prank call from two underage Tucson girls, CBS News reports.

On Sunday morning, police received a call from a young girl claiming to be Celis. After tracing the call, however, authorities found that two young girls were behind the call. This week, prosecutors will decide whether to file charges against the two sisters.

On Wednesday, Phoenix police arrested a man who’s accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend by setting her on fire, AZfamily.com reports.

Dwanddarrius J. Robinson has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of 21-year-old Shaniqua Hall and her unborn child. According to Hall’s family, Robinson was the father of the unborn baby.

The synthetic drug known as bath salts has struck again. Fortunately, there was no cannibalism this time, just some good old-fashioned streaking.

Tempe police have arrested a 23-year-old man who reportedly stripped off his clothes and ran through a Tempe neighborhood after consuming the drug, AZFamily.com reports. Sean-Paul Branscome has been charged with two counts of trespassing onto a residential yard.

Phoenix police have arrested five people who allegedly restrained a woman on July 4, injected her with heroin against her will, and abused her, CBS News reports.

According to authorities, Chris Herschberg and Marissa Nickolls restrained the victim, while John Koether injected her with heroin. The suspects are now facing kidnapping and aggravated assault charges for the incident.

Chandler police have arrested a man who’s accused of stabbing a woman to death over an insult, CBS News reports.

According to authorities, Juan Ramone Flores-Castro stabbed Carmela Ginez in the neck after Ginez insulted him Sunday morning. Flores-Castro was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

A Phoenix man has been sentenced to 31 years in prison and lifetime probation for allegedly kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and her children, CBS News reports.

In October 2011, Wentworth Hemmings reportedly took his ex-girlfriend and her children hostage, leading to a nine-hour standoff with police. In April, Hemmings pleaded guilty to three counts of kidnapping, one count of sexual conduct with a minor, and one count of attempted sexual conduct with a minor.

Some people tend to overshare when they’re nervous. And what can be more nerve-racking than a job interview? That probably explains why a Somerton man recently decided to come clean during an interview for a position with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, The Arizona Republic reports.

When asked whether he had committed any unreported criminal acts, 22-year-old Cody Slaughter said that he’d had sex with various animals and molested a young child. He also admitted to a history of drug use. Border patrol agents were taken aback by the response, and called the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office.

Some people take couponing to the extreme, obsessively clipping ads and stockpiling whatever happens to be on sale that week. Now, three Phoenix women have been accused of taking extreme couponing too far.

On Tuesday, Phoenix police took Robin Ramirez, Marilyn Johnson, and Amiko Fountain into custody on accusations that the women were running a counterfeit coupon ring, AZfamily.com. According to authorities, the case is the "first of its kind" in the United States.

Pinal County authorities have broken up a drug ring that was using truck washes along Interstate 10 to distribute drugs, AZfamily.com reports.

“Operation Big Rig” has led to 15 arrests, according to authorities. Eight of those arrested are now facing drug charges for selling cocaine and methamphetamine to truckers.

On Wednesday, Show Low police officers shot and killed a 19-year-old man who allegedly threatened the officers with a sword, AZfamily.com reports.

Police responded to a call about a domestic dispute on Wednesday evening, and found Kent Brewer armed with a sword. After Brewer reportedly made several threats about using the weapon, the officers fired on Brewer, killing him.

A Mesa woman was reportedly so upset about the Supreme Court’s recent health care decision that she decided to do what any concerned citizen would do … attack a deli worker with a hammer.

According to authorities, 32-year-old Amber Gardner walked into a Mesa deli on Friday and began yelling about the law “Obama passed yesterday,” CBS news reports. Gardner then proceeded to pull out a hammer, threaten a deli worker, and smash everything in sight. Unsurprisingly, Gardner tested positive for meth.

Police have arrested a carjacking suspect who allegedly injured seven people while rampaging through Scottsdale in the nude, The Arizona Republic reports.

Authorities believe that the naked perpetrator may have been drunk or high. The man will likely face robbery and felony hit-and-run charges for the ordeal.