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April 18, 2014

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Thief steals Salvation Army kettle from blind bell ringer

Salvation Army officials say someone stole a holiday donation kettle from a visually impaired bell ringer who uses a walker and lamented not being able to chase after the thief.

Leslee Rogers, a spokeswoman for the charity, said the kettle was stolen about 5 p.m. Wednesday from in front of a Smith’s grocery store at Cheyenne Avenue and North Rainbow Boulevard.

Rogers said the bell ringer is partially blind and uses a walker. He told his supervisor that a couple walked past him several times before the theft, Rogers said.

The bell ringer reported that he heard the chain on his kettle rattle, so he reached out to hold it when someone slapped his hand away and took the kettle.

He told his supervisor that he was sorry he couldn’t chase after the person, Rogers said.

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