Police seek Grinch who stole donation kettle from Salvation Army

December 07, 2017 06:33 PM

QUEENSBURY - The familiar ring of the Salvation Army bell is a symbol of people in need.

But this week, someone was so desperate they couldn't ask for help. They took it.

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Ripping off the kettle from the tripod perched in front of the Aviation Mall food court.

"I turned around come out and it was gone," said volunteer bell ringer Diane Wood.

It happened during her 15-minute dinner break Tuesday night.

Salvation Army Major David Dean says the thief probably got between $100 and $150.

"Don't steal from me. If you need something, just ask because you're probably going to get a lot more from us than you are trying to steal from the kettle," Dean said.

Major Dean says this is the first time they've ever had a kettle stolen and the timing couldn't be worse. He says the need is greater this year than any time in his 27 years on the job.

There are no cameras in that section of the mall, but police say they plan to track down leads, wondering how someone could steal from the Salvation Army.

"The Salvation Army does more for people than anybody around here, but it kinda stings on a personal level," said Lt. Steve Stockdale of the Warren County Sheriff's Office.

Diane Brown was back volunteering Thursday, still trying to figure out how and why someone would do what they did.

"Whoever did it is pretty low to pick on young kids, little kids who really need the help for Christmas."

Major Dean says $150 would provide Christmas for 6 of the 463 families in need in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties this Christmas.



Mark Mulholland

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