FLORISSANT, Mo (KMOV) – A man who stole money intended for the Salvation Army is walking free on Monday.
In July, Edward Mitchell punched a Salvation Army worker who was walking out of a Salvation Army location with a bag full of the day’s earnings. Mitchell then took the bag.
“He grabbed the bank bag and I grabbed the bag too, he punched me and I let go,” said Lynn, the victim.
Mitchell had been locked up since he was arrested for the crime July. Mitchell later pleaded guilty and the judge gave him credit for time served. As a result, he is currently out of jail. Authorities say the fact Mitchell had no criminal record to speak of went a long way in the judge's decision.
Major Kendall Mathews with the Salvation Army said he thinks Mitchell may have been desperate.
“It hurts my heart but it also helps me to believe that many people are desperate,” Mathews said.
Mitchell will have to pay back to pay back the amount of money he stole, $1500. Mitchell will do it by paying $50 a month until the money is completely paid back. The money goes to help fund the Salvation Army's drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.
Mathews said if Mitchell needed help all he needed to do was ask.
"We're all about soup, soap and salvation," he said. "We would open our arms, open our hearts and open our hands to help this man, because his life matters and his life still has the potential for good."