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Donation Kettle Stolen From Blind Bell Ringer

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File photo of Salvation Army workers collecting donations.  (photo: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of Salvation Army workers collecting donations. (photo: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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(Las Vegas, NV)  —  Police are searching for a real-life grinch who stole a Salvation Army kettle from a blind bell ringer.

Charity officials say it happened Wednesday afternoon outside a Smith’s grocery store on Cheyenne and North Rainbow.

The bell ringer, Leroy Fuller, uses a walker and is nearly blind.   Upon hearing the the chain on his kettle rattle, he reached out to try to hold onto it, only to have his hand slapped away by the thief who may have had an accomplice.

The Salvation Army believes about $250 in donations was stolen.

The store manager says the robbery was caught on surveillance video, and they’re working with police to try to catch the thief.   Smith’s has donated $1000 to the Salvation Army.

The bell ringer later said he was sorry he couldn’t chase after the thief.  Fuller, who’s been volunteering for 15 years, is still on duty with a new kettle outside the store and news of the theft has prompted an uptick in donations.

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