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Thief steals Salvation Army kettle from blind bell ringer

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Updated: 12/19/2013 11:25 pm
LAS VEGAS (Las Vegas Sun & MyNews3) -- 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 charity says the kettle had about $200 in it.

Leroy fuller was the bell ringer when the theft happened. He says there was nothing he could do to stop the thief because he uses a walker and is blind in one eye.

Fuller 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.

After learning about the theft Smith's Grocery donated $1,000 to the Salvation Army to replace the loss.

-- Ana Ley / Las Vegas Sun


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