Child Steals Salvation Army Kettle from Volunteer in Wheelchair, Police Say

DUNWOODY, GA. - Police are searching for a child who allegedly stole a Salvation Army Red Kettle from Perimeter Mall on Monday, December 11. 

Police say that the victim, Todd Cooper, was volunteering for the Salvation Army on the day of the theft. Cooper uses a wheelchair to get around.

Cooper told police that he thinks several hundred dollars were inside the kettle and that the suspect snatched it and took off running, possibly towards the MARTA station nearby.

The suspect is described as being a black boy between the ages of 10-12 years old. 

Detectives are working to get access to security camera footage from both the mall and MARTA in hopes of identifying the suspect.

The Salvation Army said the need this year is immense.

"There is real need in our communities. Money collected in The Salvation Army's Red Kettles is used to sustain our programs, such as those that feed the hungry and provide shelter for the homeless."

They said that they're behind this year on donations.

"As of today, we're $100,000 short of what we collected this time last year. This will have a significant impact on funds available for services going into the new year," the statement read.

Dunwoody Police are asking anyone who may hae any information about this incident to please contact Detective Caleb Gilbert with Dunwoody PD. 

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