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Surveillance Video Captures Salvation Army Kettle Robber


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The sound of bells are once again echoing outside the Kroger along First Street in Huntington. But Saturday afternoon, a 70-year-old woman who was ringing bells there was robbed at gunpoint.

"This is the first time that we've had anything happen in any appointment that we've been in, in any city," Salvation Army Commanding Officer Matthew Riley said.

Now, Huntington Police are searching for a man seen in surveillance video.

In that video, you can see him waiting, watching and finally pulling a gun.

That's when police said the robbery happened.

"The weapons vary, the intent's always there, the motive seems to be the same," Huntington Police Lt. John Williams said.

Salvation Army leaders said they aren't sure how much money was taken.

"This is probably the worst time it could have ever happened, we have 75 extra families this year, last year we had 510 families to help at Christmas, this year it's 585 families," Riley said.

After seeing seeing the story and comments on social media, Roger Brumfield wanted to help and donated $400.

He collected money from his church, friends and family.

"Whatever it was that was taken, we would try to replace it, because we felt it was needed to be replaced," Brumfield said.

Salvation Army leaders said Brumfield's good deed has made a difference.

"Something good can come through this, it already has," Riley said.

Volunteers said they'll keep ringing their bells and helping those in need.

Salvation Army workers said the victim in the robbery is shaken up. They said she's going to stop bell ringing for now.

Police said they are on the lookout for the suspect. They said they are canvassing the neighborhood and looking closely at all of the surveillance video.

Huntington Police said if you have any information about the robbery or the man in the video, give them a call at: (304) 696-5510.


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