Thief takes Salvation Army kettle from NC mall

POSTED: 10:55 PM Nov 28 2013   UPDATED: 9:40 AM Nov 29 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, FORSYTH COUNTY -

Police in Winston-Salem are looking for the suspect who took a Salvation Army kettle from a bell ringer at a shopping mall.

Authorities say bell ringer James Griffin III said he was helping a grandmother and her four grandchildren get through the double doors of the Belk store at Hanes Mall where he was stationed. When Griffin returned to his post, the kettle and the $50 in it were gone.

Winston-Salem police Lt. Brad Yandell said there was no video of Tuesday's theft, and investigators have no leads.

Maj. James Allison, commander of the Salvation Army of Winston-Salem, said the agency would have helped if the thief had a need.

Griffin returned to his post on Wednesday, and the Belk store manager put $100 into the replacement kettle.