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Salvation Army red kettle stolen from 3 local grocery stores

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A Salvation Army red kettle. Credit: KMOV A Salvation Army red kettle. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A Salvation Army red kettle was taken from outside three St. Louis-area grocery stores in the span of a week, police say.

A red kettle was taken from the Schnucks store at Affton and Ladue Crossing on Nov 22. A similar theft occurred at the Schnucks store on Arsenal one week later.

“We can’t watch the kettle the whole time we’re here. They just saw an opportunity,” said Salvation Army Volunteer Gary Bowen.

Police say it is unclear how much money was taken, but there was just $30 in the kettle stolen in Affton.

The Salvation Army says the crimes are setback for them this holiday season.

“Not only do we have to replace the funds that were in the kettle, but now we have to buy the kettle stands and the signs again, which are very expensive for us,” said Salvation Army Divisional Commander Lt. Col. Dan Jennings.

Salvation Army officials say they are aiming for a fundraising goal of $6.1 million during the holiday season, but they added the thefts have them running behind that goal.

There is no surveillance video of the thefts and no leads on suspects, police say.

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