HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Authorities are investigating the theft of a Salvation Army red kettle at Deerbrook Mall. According to Humble police, the theft happened on November 27 at the mall which is located on F.M. 1960 at U.S. 59.
Authorities stated that a man dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt approached the bell ringer and demanded the money in the kettle. The suspect also pushed the bell ringer down on the ground. The bell ringer then got up and ran inside the Dillard’s department store located in the mall.
As investigators comb through surveillance video, they believe the suspect to be between 23 and 25 years old and standing approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall.
The Salvation Army which is known for the signature red kettles in front of stores during the Christmas season, reports that this year’s red kettle campaign began late; as a result, the organization is running about $200,000 behind in donations. The charity is hoping to raise to raise $1.4 million this holiday season. Police believe that an estimated $200 was inside the stolen kettle.