Man Accused of Posing as Salvation Army Bell Ringer
PAINESVILLE TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has asked for help identifying a man accused of posing as a bell ringer in order to steal donations made to the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.
The man showed up at the Giant Eagle on Mentor Avenue in Painesville Township on Saturday around 3 p.m. and told the real volunteers he was their relief.
The group said it was scheduled to work until 4 p.m., so the man walked around the store for about an hour until he assumed his fake post.
Around 4:30 p.m., a Salvation Army representative dropped by to make sure the volunteer shift change worked out.
The sheriff’s office said the man was there at that point and claimed he was with the previous volunteers, who were legitimate.
He made off with the pot of donations sometime after that.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office provided a surveillance picture showing the man wearing a cowboy type hat and tan jacket.
He was believed to be approximately 5’9″ and between 40 and 50 years old.
He left in a four-door, bluish vehicle.
Anyone who has seen him or has information about him should contact the detective bureau at (440) 350-5500.