Salvation Army Red Kettle stolen from volunteer outside Walmart

Dec 24, 2014 11:46 AM by News Staff

The holidays are a time for giving, but unfortunately this time of year can also bring out the worst in people. That was evident earlier this week when a thief snatched a red kettle from a bell ringer who also happened to be blind.

Police say the incident happened at the Chico Walmart Wednesday afternoon. A white male wearing a black hoodie walked up and stole the Salvation Army kettle before any witnesses could step in help.

Following the incident, the Salvation Army says they are warning their kettle ringer's to be more vigilant, but community members say they will not let the theft put a damper on the holidays.

Salvation Army officials estimate the kettle had around $100 to $200.

Bell ringers will be out all day Wednesday, so be sure to drop in any spare change.

The Salvation Army is also hosting a free community Christmas meal at the Salvation Army on East 16th Street in Chico. Dinner will be served from noon to 2 p.m.


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