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Police: Raeford woman posed as Salvation Army bell-ringer

Posted December 20, 2013

Annie Francis King

— A Raeford woman has been arrested after, police said, she impersonated a Salvation Army bell-ringer and pocketed donations.

Annie Francis King, 51, of 409 Cumberland Ave., was charged Thursday with obtaining property by false pretense. She was released on a $1,000 unsecured bond.

King wore a red Salvation Army apron and carried a bell as she went door to door on Main Street, soliciting donations from businesses and customers, police said. She collected about $20 in a cardboard box wrapped in gift paper before she was arrested.

Police said the apron and bell belonged to King, who once worked for the Salvation Army in Knoxville, Tenn.


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  • lighter22 Dec 24, 2013

    Eyeoneastsky. A society that punishes obtaining property by false pretense (a con job) is not nuts.
    This lady could have begged legally in a parking lot.

    She CHOSE to be a SCAMMER not society.

  • superman Dec 23, 2013

    If you have money you want to give away, pick someone you know. Like a relative, friend or neighbor. Surely you know someone that could use a helping hand instead of a stranger.

  • eyeoneastsky Dec 20, 2013

    This woman is pitiful looking and probably needed the money she was collecting. Somebody should have helped her instead of charging her a $1000 bond. This society is too nuts for words.

  • david46 Dec 20, 2013

    The truly needy…..well they remain truly needy while the corrupt and greedy take advantage of our charity. This is exactly what is wrong with our welfare system today. The truly needy get crumbs while the entitlement mentality work the system for the most benefit. Its no wonder we as a people are becoming hard-hearted.

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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Dec 20, 2013

    smhnraleigh - "There is a lady in the North Six Forks area near Strickland road, who drives up to customers in the area parking lots and pretends to be crying. She is begging for gas money to escape her abusive husband. This predator is making a living preying in people's emotions."

    I'm sure they're all over.

    There use to be a very well dressed guy that stood on the corner of Ten Ten and 401 with a sign that he was an out of work preacher with a family who needed help. That made me wonder, because a GOOD preacher is rarely without a job.

    We were talking about him here one day, and one of the LEOs that frequents these comments said the guy's been arrested several times for panhandling, and if you sit there long enough to watch him go home, he went into the parking lot of a nearby fast food restaurant, climbed into a nearly new SUV and drove away.

    That's why I rarely give money now. I'll buy them a fast food meal, a drink or hot cuppa joe maybe, some encouraging words, and that's it.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Dec 20, 2013

    Rachel - "its situations like this one and the story about less than 50% of folks charitable donations actually making it to the people who need it that makes people hesitate to give anything at all anymore"

    You're right!

    Unless people can give to a charity themselves directly, many are afraid to give at all, and that really hurts people who are truly needy.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Dec 20, 2013

    Disgusting!!! There is only one punishment good enough for people who do things like this, and it isn't the kid gloves our justice systems seems to use so often nowadays.

  • theblazer Dec 20, 2013

    She deserves to get her bell rung....repeatedly.

  • lwe1967 Dec 20, 2013

    This is a sad situation. She was taking advantage of a situation where people are in a giving mood. I hope that they give her a stiff sentence. What she did destroys the faith that people have for the charities by her pocketing the money.