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Bell Ringer Helps Grandma, Thief Steals Donation Kettle

Well bah humbug to you too
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 28, 2013 6:24 PM CST

(Newser) – Police say someone stole a Salvation Army kettle from a bell ringer who left his post to help a grandmother and her four grandchildren get through the double doors at a shopping mall in North Carolina. Winston-Salem police say bell ringer James Griffin III told them when returned from the Belk store to his post Tuesday, the kettle and the $50 in it were gone. Griffin returned to his post yesterday, and the Belk store manager put $100 into the replacement kettle.

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Police Lt. Brad Yandell says there is no video of the theft, and investigators have no leads. Maj. James Allison, commander of the Salvation Army of Winston-Salem, says the agency would have helped if the thief had a need. (Read more Salvation Army stories.)

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