Monday, December 14, 2009

Who are the a**hats who jacked the Salvation Army?

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Guess the Salvation Army's 'secret counting station' wasn't so secret after all.

Someone out there knows who took this money — from the poor, no less. Speak up. Click here for more information about how you can fess up without getting in trouble. You may even be eligible for a reward.

Meanwhile, let's all give twice as much at the kettle this year.

Robbers stole 13 Salvation Army kettles from a secret counting station in west Charlotte on Friday night, making off with an estimated $4,000 that was meant to buy presents for children this Christmas.

Three Salvation Army employees were forced to the ground at gunpoint, officials with the charity organization said, but no shots were fired, and no one was injured in the robbery.

No arrests have been made, though police had been searching for the robbers since late Friday and even launched the department's helicopter.

Salvation Army leaders were outraged.

The robbers "aren't stealing from the Salvation Army, nor are they stealing from the donors who gave money," said Jim Price, a Salvation Army spokesman. "They're stealing from the people who would receive the benefit of the $4,000 that we don't have now."

Read the entire Charlotte Observer article, by Cleve R. Wootson Jr., here.

The history of the red kettle:

Here are a few of the people the Salvation Army has helped:

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