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CSPD looking for suspect who stole a Salvation Army Red Kettle

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Posted at 1:34 PM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-26 15:37:59-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Springs police are looking for a man who allegedly stole a Red Kettle from a Hobby Lobby store in Colorado Springs.

According to the Salvation Army, the Red Kettle was stole from the Hobby Lobby on 8th Street around 4 p.m. Monday.

They say the suspect ripped the kettle off the stand, ran across the parking lot and smashed it open on the ground, stealing the cash that was inside. The kettle and some loose change have been recovered.

The Red Kettle Campaign helps raise financial support for The Salvation Army’s critical local programs and services year-round, including meals for the hungry, youth programs. holiday gifts, feeding programs, social services, and educational programs.

“We are not immune to acts of desperation, even with everything we offer our community,” said Captain Caleb Fankhauser, Salvation Army Fountain Valley Corps. “This week we averaged about $200 per day at that location and expect there to have been that much when the kettle was stolen.”

If you have any information about this, call the Colorado Springs Police Department at 719-444-7000 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP.