Thieves Caught On Camera Stealing Salvation Army Red Kettle From Blaine Supermarket

Rex Christensen
December 6, 2018

The Salvation Army is warning residents after getting reports of two people going door-to-door and soliciting donations in Garden City. "We have to be out where people can give to us, so if we don't have enough volunteers, we are not out", said Maj.

While fewer people are carrying cash these days, Wise said donations to the kettle campaign have held steady in recent years and spare change is still an important part of the fundraiser. Surveillance showed the suspect leaving with the kettle and pocketing some of the money while he was ringing the bell. One person appears to use bolt cutters to remove the bucket from its stand, while the other person keeps watch. Once the kettle comes loose, they take the kettle and run off.

Major Robert Doliber with the Salvation Army says the bell ringer hadn't show up for his shift when the theft occurred and doesn't believe there much money was in the stolen kettle. If caught, the suspects will likely face felony charges, including damage to property and possession of a theft tool.

Cash only for Red Kettle Campaign

The employee also told police the bell ringer should not have been able to sign out a kettle since he was sacked for failure to show up on time.

"I didn't really expect a fine", Elliott said.

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