The Pendleton Panther

Man Takes Donation Pot

Posted on: December 3, 2009

salvation army bell ringer

In Toledo, Ohio at a local Salvation Army kettle donation drive on Monday, police arrested a man suspected of swiping a Salvation Army kettle full of donated money and pushing one of the Christian charity’s bell ringers to the ground when she tried to take it back.  These charities are common during the holidays when the Salvation Army’s bell ringers and their red kettles stand in front of stores and passersby drop money into them. Shawn P. Krieger, 44, of Toledo was caught a week after he allegedly took a donation kettle; he still had the kettle in his possession when the police found him. According to The Blade Newspaper, police say the man grabbed the kettle outside a store. The bell ringer tried to take it back, but police said she was pushed down by the man, who told her: “I can’t stand you and your bell-ringing. I hate Christmas.” Maumee Police Sgt. David Tullis said its unknown how much money was in the kettle, although the bell ringer believed there was a large sum. “This is pretty unusual,” he said. “At this time of year, we have merchandise theft all the time. It’s just very common where people go in stores and rip off the store, but you very rarely see where someone rips off charitable donations like this.

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