Salvation Army Bell-Ringer Conned Out Of Kettle Full Of Money

ST. CHARLES, Ill. (CBS) — The Salvation Army Tri-City Corps in the western suburbs has lost up to $400, after a man fooled a bell-ringer into giving him a kettle full of cash.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Jackie Swike reports, St. Charles police tell the Kane County Chronicle the bell-ringer was collecting donations at the Jewel-Osco store at 2073 Prairie St. on the afternoon of Dec. 7, when a man who called himself John came up and told the bell ringer he was there to switch out the full kettle of cash with an empty one.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Jackie Swike reports

The bell-ringer handed over the kettle, and later called the Salvation Army to verify the story.

The Salvation Army told him he had been duped; they had not sent “John” to take the kettle, the Kane County Chronicle reported.

Police are now searching for “John,” who is described as white and about 40, standing about 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 160 to 180 pounds. He was wearing a sweat shirt and khaki pants, the newspaper reported.

  • Border Agent 69

    Ya Right let me guess the collector was black and don’t want to blame the scam on a black man let’s blame it on whitey.why did she call after he came to collect it the collector is the one who took it a fabricated a story.

    • ra

      Border Agent 69 we know what the 69 is f a **ot

    • Camillia Williams

      Why the collector have to be black???? White people wrote the book on lying and decieving.

    • Camillia Williams

      Why does there have to be a black person involved??? Whitey wrote the book on Lying, Cheating, and Stealing. If it was a black man involved the article would have made damn sure to mention that fact.

      • Roni

        WHITEY?????……RACIST MUCH?????

  • Jim hamilton

    How do they know it had up to 400 dollars?

  • Cheryl

    This is interesting because when I worked for a Salvation Army our kettles were locked to the stand and the only person that would be able to take it off would be someone with the key and our volunteers who picked up kettles wore ID tags. I’m surprised that this wasn’t the case for the Salvation Army too!

  • the rapture

    John’s real name – osama bin laden – the terrorist of x-mas present – don’t trust anyone

  • Afro

    No Hair color no eye color was he clean shaven or a bear goatee or what this has to be a story fabricated by the bell ringer what kind of shoes and why would he call later to see if “John” was supposed to pick it up. Because there was no John. The bell ringer had to be a black man here who stole the pot. A white bell ringer would have made a good mental picture of the guy one other possibility is if “John” does exist he is a black man and the black bell ringer made up the story of a white man so he didn’t have to make his own kind look worse than they already do. Either way the white “John” is non existent in this story.

  • Doby

    i wents and stold meeees some pot I trieds to smokes it but all da monies in it just went on fire. Now I wants to sue the Salvations Armies they didn’t put warinins lables on that pot sayin I couldn’t get high they beins the military and all shoulda had a warnin on it

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