Salvation Army Kettle Thief Still On the Loose

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Updated: 1/22/2013 10:47 pm

An update to a story we first brought you a few weeks ago, the Salvation Army still doesn’t have their kettles back and it doesn’t look like they have any leads at this time. It’s been nearly a month since an unthinkable theft nearly ruined the holiday spirit and left the Salvation Army in a world of hurt.

The charitable organization feeds some 14,000 people a year in their Pocatello soup kitchen. They provide emergency assistance to over 2,000 families and thousands of children receive Secret Santa gifts each year.

It’s hard to imagine life without the Salvation Army. It’s even harder to imagine why someone would steel from them.

When workers arrived at the Salvation Army on Christmas Eve, they found that someone had broken into the building and taken the kettles. The kettles were full of cash donations from a busy shopping day and so the loss was significant. On top of losing the money, the kettles were gone and so they couldn’t even attempt to make up for their losses on the busy shopping day.

Luckily, the kettles were insured and so bell ringers will be around this Christmas season. KPVI viewers may have also played a role in minimizing the damage from the theft. Shortly after the media reported the theft, donations began coming in to the Salvation Army and for that Brenda says they are very grateful.

“Thank you just doesn’t seem to be enough but we are so appreciative and we appreciate the trust that people have in the Salvation Army and our donors,” said Brenda Ames of the Salvation Army. “We are going to do the best we can and the most we can with what we receive.”

The money from the kettles goes to social programs that help people get back on their feet, like providing emergency lodging at a hotel or gas vouchers so that people can get to work until they can afford to fuel their cars on their own. 

If you have any information about this crime, the Pocatello Police would like to hear from you. You can reach them at (208) 234-6100

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