Stricter Security In Place After Salvation Army Kettle Ringer Robbed

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Savannah — (WSAV)

They are a familiar sight this holiday season.  Those Salvation Army bell ringers are out collecting for the charity in many neighborhoods.

But, those workers are also becoming victims to thieves looking to get their hands on the money meant to help others.

Two Salvation Army bell ringers have been robbed in the last week.  One, here in Savannah, and another in Waycross.

One of the kettle ringers robbed was disabled and has five children.  People are outraged that someone would commit such a horrible crime, especially right here at the holidays.

It happened Wednesday night at the Kroeger on Mall Boulevard.

Witnesses say two young men walked up to the victim, swiped his kettle, and then ran away.

Salvation Army officials say they only choose locations that are well lit, have surveillance cameras, and security officers.

They met with kettle workers right after the crime happened and gave them some good advice.

“If someone wants to steal it, you just tell them Merry Christmas because it’s not worth your life,” says Major Phil Swyers with the Savannah Salvation Army.

Police got good store surveillance video of those suspects.

Officials are hoping they’ll make an arrest soon.   

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