The Salvation Army says two of its red donation kettles have been stolen in Colorado Springs this season. And, as KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, the campaign’s money troubles run deeper than that.

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The two kettles were stolen a week apart outside different Walmart stores. A thief grabbed the first kettle Nov. 30th at the Walmart near Chapel Hills Mall. The second was lifted Friday outside the East Woodman store. Salvation Army Major John Bennett says in both cases, one suspect distracted the bellringer while another grabbed the pot. Bennett also says it’s pretty uncommon.

“In 2010 we had one that was stolen, and then 2011, none. So to have two in two weeks, that’s kind of disturbing.”

Bennett says the police are investigating and they do have a license plate number and other descriptors. Meanwhile, donations to the Red Kettle campaign are lagging. Bennett says they’ve collected about $35,000 less than they had at this time last year. The campaign funds local services, such as food and housing for the needy.


One Response to Salvation Army Suffers Thefts; Donations Down

  1. jim says:

    major john quit going with major bachy there and go with the local pan handlers there which are numerous on b street and hwy 83 there u will get more money there and work with them nOt against them man they get a lot of money from the miltary whhy not majorr john is a thought that counts on christmas instead of mr mechchhy nazi general for the city kicking them out of the downtown area right?? oui?


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