Thief returns cash from Ohio kettle with apology

A thief who made off with cash from a Salvation Army red kettle at a northern Ohio mall this week apparently has had a change of heart.
Associated Press
Dec 6, 2012


Police near Youngstown say that two days after the kettle was emptied out, someone left $130 and an apology at the Salvation Army.

A note found at the Salvation Army on Wednesday morning read: "Here is the money I took plus money for a new kettle and bell."

The Vindicator newspaper in Youngstown ( ) reports that the note also said "please forgive me."

Police in Boardman say a witness saw someone wearing a Salvation Army jacket take the kettle Monday night while a bell-ringer was on a break.

A Salvation Army official says it's unclear how much money had been in the kettle.



Phil Packer

I wish someone would just steal all of the bells...


funny! my laugh for the day.


only charity that I know of that begs on the street for help but they do help people, so I suppose we must put up with the bells.