Salvation Army kettle stolen

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MOUNT VERNON, OHIO — An individual who apparently doesn’t understand what the Christmas spirit is all about grabbed The Salvation Army’s donation kettle at Neff’s Cardinal Market on Friday and fled with the bucket of money.

Major Bob Bender of The Salvation Army reported that his father, Major Wilmer Bender, was serving as the bell ringer at the kettle at the entrance to Neff’s around noon when a man approached him and struck up a conversation. The man reportedly asked a few questions about the Christmas donations and in a quick motion grabbed the kettle off its hook and fled. Wilmer Bender pursued the subject on foot, as did a Pepsi-Cola Co. driver who witnessed the theft.

The subject had not been caught as of late Friday afternoon.

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