Bell Ringer charged in scheme to have kettle money stolen - KMOV.com

Bell Ringer charged in scheme to have kettle money stolen

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com)- Police say a Salvation Army volunteer conspired in a  scheme to have money from her red kettle stolen. 

"I'm doing it for a reason, this man stole from charity," said accused bell ringer Michelle Pope a week ago. 

Pope opened up about her kettle of money being stolen, but police now believe that she actually helped orchestrate the crime caught on surveillance video. 

Leaders with the Salvation Army say they do perform background checks on the majority of their employees, but because they only work for five weeks a year, not all employees get checked. 

"We just need to continue to lift her up in prayer becuase she's got some issues," said Gary Sturdivant of Salvation Army. "We need to pray for her. The Salvation Army is all about forgiveness and second chances." 

Pope is charged with making a false report and larceny. 

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