Winston-Salem officer replaces donation money after Salvation Army kettle stolen

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem police officer is replacing money that was lost when a Salvation Army kettle was stolen.

“For somebody to steal from anybody is bad,” said Kevin Neff, with the Winston Salem Police Department. “But especially from charity and stuff like that? I just felt really bad. That was a lot of money that could've gone to help people.”

Officer Neff responded to the Walmart on Peters Creek Parkway last week. He was disappointed to learn that the red donation kettle was snatched out the hands of a bell ringer with the Salvation Army. About $350 was taken.

Even though only one person is caught on camera stealing the kettle, police think there’s more than one suspect involved. At this time there are no arrests.

So Neff decided to make a donation. He went to the bank, took out $340 in cash and donated it to the Salvation Army.

“Anybody can give a little time or a little bit of money to help the less fortunate, especially this time of year,” Neff said.

Neff says as an officer, his goal is like so many of his coworkers.

“I think everyone who works here [Winston-Salem Police Department] does this job because they want to make the city a better place,” Neff said.

This holiday season the Salvation Army had two kettles stolen in Winston Salem. One at a Lowe’s Foods on Reynolda Road and the other at the Walmart on Peters Creek Parkway.