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Thief makes off with Salvation Army kettle

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Nov. 30, 2007 at 10:51 pm |
November 30, 2007 10:51 pm

Here’s one for the “as low as you can go” file.

The Salvation Army reported Friday that someone stole one of the organization’s Christmas kettles from outside the Spanaway Albertson’s about 6 p.m. Wednesday. The brazen thief struck as a volunteer rang the bell nearby.

The pot contained about $300 in cash and change, the Army said in a news release.

“Authorities responded, but the kettle, money and suspect still remain at large,” the release stated.

No description of the thief was released.

Salvation Army officials said the theft came at a time when the organization is trying to drum up support for its Christmas donation programs.

The pace of giving has been alarmingly slow in the Tacoma area this year, the organization reported. So far, the Army has collected only 60 toys for the Tacoma Mall giving tree. It collected 4,200 toys in 2006, according to the news release. Donations of gifts for the elderly also are lagging.

People interested in donating to the Salvation Army can find giving trees or donation bins at the mall and most Bartell’s and Fred Meyer stores as well as Denny’s restaurants.

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