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Posted on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 : 12:01 p.m.

Salvation Army donation bucket stolen at Nickels Arcade

By Lee Higgins

A Salvation Army donation bucket was stolen Saturday afternoon at Nickels Arcade, an Ann Arbor police report said.

A man staffing the red kettle took a 15-minute break and returned to find it missing at about 2:20 p.m., the report said.


A Salvation Army red kettle went missing over the weekend.

He noticed a lock securing the bucket was unlocked, but was able to account for the keys, according to the report.

It's unclear how much money was taken.

The Red Kettle drive is the Salvation Army's largest fundraiser of the year.

The local theft wasn't the only Salvation Army donation bucket stolen over the weekend - police in northwest Ohio arrested a man accused of swiping a red kettle full of donated money outside a store Saturday. Police said the 44-year-old man who was arrested said he hates Christmas.

Anyone with information on the Ann Arbor theft can call the department's tip line at (734) 794-6939 or e-mail



Tue, Dec 1, 2009 : 8:16 a.m.

This is sad but not surprising. The crowd hanging around the entrance of the Arcade is questionable at best.


Mon, Nov 30, 2009 : 8:33 p.m.

I thought they were locked to the stand to prevent this from happening, I know every time I volunteered mine were locked.


Mon, Nov 30, 2009 : 4:54 p.m.

Wow, that's really pitiful. Why not steal food from the soup kitchen while you're at it? Jeeze.


Mon, Nov 30, 2009 : 4:30 p.m.

even if people saw him with it nobody in this town would call the cops anyway


Mon, Nov 30, 2009 : 2:18 p.m.

At that time of the afternoon and no one noticed a person walking around with the Salvation Army kettle? Alert folks we are, eh? People probably thought it was the latest Coach style purse. :-) Seriously it's a horrible thing to have happen. It's so wrong but there are many desperate people out there.


Mon, Nov 30, 2009 : 1:36 p.m.

The 44 year old in Ohio hates Christmas? Don't think so...stealing the bucket was easier than getting an early start on his Christmas shoplifting....