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Two charged with stealing Salvation Army kettle

Posted December 18, 2008

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— It's a crime, investigators say, that spreads anything but holiday cheer – a couple of alleged crooks with a scheme to steal from the Salvation Army kettle.

Police say one rang the bell while the other committed the heist.

It happened Saturday night outside the Super Wal-Mart in Nashville, where Nashville police say Tobias Richardson was collecting holiday donations for the organization.

Richardson, investigators said, called 911, reporting a fight at a nearby apartment complex to draw away an officer sitting in the parking lot.

But police say there was no fight, and while the officer was away, Rashawn Wiggins stole the kettle.

"When they steal from Salvation Army kettles, they're stealing from needy families," Nashville Police Chief Bill Creech said.

Police say that when they returned to the Wal-Mart, Wiggins had run off with the kettle and about $300 inside it.

"It's very disheartening at this time of year that someone would be that dishonest," said shopper Tammy Raynor.

Police eventually arrested Richardson and caught up with Wiggins at a nearby hotel.

Richardson, 26, of Rocky Mount faces a felony count of conspiracy to commit larceny, as well as one count of felony larceny by an employee. He was in the Nash County jail Thursday afternoon under a $7,500 bond.

Wiggins, 23, of New York, also faces a felony count of conspiracy to commit larceny, as well as one count of misdemeanor larceny. He was in the Nash County jail Thursday afternoon under a $10,000 bond.

Police say there could be more arrests.

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  • TStills Dec 19, 2008

    Classy

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Dec 19, 2008

    Let me tell you this: I have been surprised by some of the people I have seen ringing the bells this year. One was a teenage girl just ringing the bell in an obnoxious manner and talking to her friends the entire time. Another man at the Walmart, if he rings the bell at all, just tosses it in the air, flipping it around, talking to his friends too. I would think these examples of bell ringer behavior would be something the Salvation Army does not want to see when asking for charitable donations. These ringers don't seem to be taking their work seriously, much less the cause they are working for.

  • twc Dec 19, 2008

    This article is under Noteworthy? With a Raleigh location?

    Give them probation! They need another chance! Maybe they can learn to plan better!

  • haggis basher Dec 19, 2008

    "Now who in their "wrong" mind put him in charge of ringing a bell outside Wal-mart to collect money for the Salvation Army!"
    There is more joy in heaven over one sinner repented than in ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance........perhaps, but I would have let him repent where he wasn't in charge of the money......

  • hjandrj Dec 18, 2008

    Tobias Richardson has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1998 with larceny being half of the charges. Now who in their "wrong" mind put him in charge of ringing a bell outside Wal-mart to collect money for the Salvation Army!

  • Tax Man Dec 18, 2008

    Let them enjoy their Christmas dinner in the County Lockup - they have earned it!

  • finesse187 Dec 18, 2008

    Now this is a darn shame. What gives them the right to take what's not there's and from the Salvation Army kettle. So sad, so very, very sad. Well we know what they're going to get in their stockings, coal!!

  • quiksilver Dec 18, 2008

    Anyone else find it humorous that this is posted right beside the Salvation Army's Ad on the home page?