Painesville Township, Ohio – The man accused of stealing a Salvation Army kettle from a Giant Eagle store in Painesville has been arrested, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
Police said Jeffrey Gregg came into the Giant Eagle store on Mentor Avenue on December 21, 2013 and posed as a Salvation Army Bell Ringer, after convincing a volunteer worker that he was their relief.
Police said Gregg then stole the donations by grabbing the pot of money and leaving the store.
After watching surveillance footage, detectives noticed the man had spent the previous night in a blue Buick that was parked in the Giant Eagle parking lot.
Detectives then checked area business parking lots and hotels for the blue Buick. After a few weeks, they found a car matching that description in the parking lot at America’s Best Value Inn in Mentor.
After interviewing Gregg, police said he admitted to stealing the Salvation Army kettle from the Giant Eagle.