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Arrest made in theft of Salvation Army donations in Glendale

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Mark Dollar, 38, was arrested Thursday in connection with the theft Salvation Army donations last week. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Mark Dollar, 38, was arrested Thursday in connection with the theft Salvation Army donations last week. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
A suspect is caught on camera trying to break into Korean Community Center. A suspect is caught on camera trying to break into Korean Community Center.
One of the suspects was caught on camera. One of the suspects was caught on camera.
One of the suspects was caught on camera. One of the suspects was caught on camera.
GLENDALE, AZ (CBS5) -

It's a familiar noise heard every year during the holiday season: the bell. It rings outside stores and without saying a word, the person ringing the bell will raise thousands of dollars to help those in need for the holidays.

However, a pair of thieves in Glendale have made helping the needy a little more difficult this season. The Salvation Army's Maj. John Brackenbury says the pair stole $1,700 raised from a Glendale Korean Community Center.

On Monday, Glendale police announced they arrested one of the two suspects on Thursday, but were still looking for the second suspect.

Glendale police used surveillance video and descriptions from the victims to identify Mark Dollar, 38, of Glendale.

A second suspect, 52-year-old John Bardy of Glendale, is still being sought, according to Glendale police.

"It makes it a struggle," Brackenbury said. "We're going to have to work extra hard to regain that money."

The Korean Community Center has been a gathering place for the Valley's Korean community for 15 years. Kihyun Oh is a pastor there and was shocked to find out what happened and how this crime was carried out.

"The restroom door was broken," Oh said. "When I opened it, there was a big hole."

There was a giant hole in the restroom wall. Oh believes the crooks kicked in the wall to gain access to the rest of the building.

External security cameras had their wires cut, but Oh says there was one security camera the criminals missed. And it caught everything on tape.

Initially, the video shows a dark hallway but around 2 a.m., the suspected thieves turned the lights on and unsuccessfully attempted to kick down a door.

After several failed attempts to break into one of the community center rooms, the suspects entered another room, where they can be seen wheeling away a safe full of Salvation Army donations.

Oh said he recognized one of the men in the video as a frequent visitor to the community center and he called police.

"We think even a penny is very precious," Oh said. "That money is for this community."

According to the Salvation Army, one of the suspects seen in the video has been arrested but the other is still on the loose.

If you have any information that could help this investigation, contact Glendale police.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Bardy or other details of the crime are asked to call the Glendale Police non-emergency number at 623-930-3000 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377).

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