Thief returns cash from Ohio kettle with apology



Associated Press

Published — Saturday 8 December 2012

Last update 7 December 2012 8:18 pm

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BOARDMAN, Ohio: 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. 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.

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