An Arlington thief got that whole Christmas giving thing a little backward, well, at lot backward … OK, completely backward on Monday night.
He took a Salvation Army red kettle, the kind used for collecting holiday contributions, right from under the nose of a bell-ringer. Had he really wanted to do something to benefit the community he’d have stolen the bell.
But this wasn’t an act of community service. It was entirely self-serving, and Salvation Army officials estimate the charity group lost between $150 and $200, which could have purchased a fair number of turkey dinners for the less-fortunate.
According to a news release issued by the Salvation Army, police found the kettle about a block away from the Walgreens location from which it was stolen, and an eyewitness provided information deemed lead-worthy by police, so the thief might well have his Christmas karma served up soon, very soon.
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Perhaps the most surprising thing to come from all of this is the fact that the Salvation Army release included a pager number for the PR guy, and who carries a pager anymore?
Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He had a pager once back in the day when he worked for a courier service. The pager ended up out his car window and on the street behind him.