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11/24/07-Marshall

Salvation Army Kettle Stolen

Marshall police are looking for two men who robbed a Salvation Army bell ringer.  They stand for long hours to raise money for the needy during the holidays, but late Monday night at the Super 1 Foods in Marshall, a bell ringer was robbed by two men.

"I was surprised," said Marshall Salvation Army volunteer Chelsea King.  "I mean it was only a couple of days after we had just started.  I wouldn't think that somebody would actually do that."  Under the disguise of making a donation, the two men walked up and pretended to put money in the kettle.  Police say they then grabbed the kettle and fled, something bell ringers say was totally unnecessary.

"If they'd have needed money the Salvation Army would have helped them," said bell ringer Kelly Frazier.  "There's just no sense in stealing form the Salvation Army.  That's just sad."  Those who work hard to raise money for the Salvation Army, are angered they would be targeted by thieves.  It was money that would have fed hungry people and given them warm clothing.  Still, the loss has not dampened the spirit of volunteers.

"People are overwhelmed with support from the Salvation Army," said bell ringer Curtis Walter.  Its for a good cause.  It makes me feel good being out here."

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Marshall police.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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