New Volunteer Steals Bell, Red Kettle From Salvation Army

WILKES-BARRE – Workers with the Salvation Army told Newswatch 16 that a new volunteer walked off with an apron, a bell and a red kettle, after just a few hours on his first shift.

Lt. Ted Tressler says the picture of the suspected crook was captured on a surveillance camera inside the Salvation Army building on South Pennsylvania Avenue, where other volunteers are sorting through toys and clothes that will be given to 650 needy families this Christmas.

“It seems pretty apparent that he came with a purpose in mind and not necessarily to help,” said Tressler. “If you see someone walking around carrying a kettle, ringing a bell, let someone know because that`s not the way we do it; they`re always hanging on a tripod with a sign.”

People shopping at Schiel’s Family Market on Hanover Street told Newswatch 16 that they were disgusted that someone would rip off the Salvation Army.

“To steal from people that really need the money, not only that, it`s unthinkable. That`s low,” said Shayla Williams. “Now people are going to be worried, is this the person that did it. It`s not fair, because my daughter loves to stick a few bucks in there every now and then.”

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