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May 7, 2015

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$13,400 from red kettles stolen at Salvation Army headquarters

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Salvation Army officials say $13,400 was stolen from their headquarters during the weekend.

Charles Desiderio, director of development and marketing for the organization, said the money was stolen from a back room where volunteers count money collected from hundreds of the group’s holiday-season red kettles.

“No locks were broken,” Desiderio said. “That’s kind of scary that it’s somebody that had access to the key or got hold of one. That’s frightening.”

The Salvation Army’s main offices, 2900 Palomino Lane in Las Vegas, were closed Sunday and Monday. Officials discovered the bag of money was missing Tuesday morning when they returned to work.

“It’s sad that someone would steal from the Salvation Army,” he said. “Every dollar we get goes to help somebody that needs it … it goes to helping families that need food, homeless people who need a bed.”

About $400,000 was collected in the red kettles during six weeks in Clark County.

Desiderio said this is the first time such a theft has happened during his 11 years with the organization.

Anyone who wants to donate to the Salvation Army should call 870-4430 and ask for “Charlie,” Desiderio said.

“I will tell them how to make out the check,” he said.

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  1. To the thief - I say 'goes around, comes around 3 times worse' and karma will definitely get you! Times are NEVER that tough that creeps have to steal from non-profits whose bulk of donations comes at Christmas time. Time for background checks on all volunteers and that includes financial backgrounds as well! Isn't that sad that times have come to this. Piece of crap, Las Vegas dirtbags!

  2. mindy, that's a great idea, but defeats the purpose of fundraising. The cost of background checks and credit checks would trump a significant amount of money they get in those red kettles.

  3. Thats some low down stuff. Couple of them dollars were mine too. Someone needs to offer a hefty reward to bust whoever did this. Agreed that there karma is destined to bite them back, hopefully sooner than later.

  4. A thief is a thief it's no more of a tragedy to steal from a non-profit than to steal from me or you, The penalty is not greater if the money is stolen from people who need it or from those who don't necessarily need it.
    This will be a inside job for sure.

  5. Too bad it wasn't $13,400 worth of Harry Potter and Twilight toys donated for kids, then the Salvation Army would have thrown it away rather than have it be stolen!

    The thief is still a scumbag.

  6. I am having trouble believing this story. First, the place wasn't broken into and the so called cabinet wasn't taken or broken into. Certainly they know that if they're going to have that much money in the facility, they would have some sort of "Key Control". The story makes me wonder if the money was ever in that locked cabinet. If they kept the money there this weekend, what about other weekends? We all know that each employee will be questioned. And if they don't find the thief, what will that tell you? 13,400 dollars? What about the change? It can't all be in dollar bills, can it? Let the readers be the judge. Until the Salvation Army comes clean in my mind, I'm not donating anymore to them.

  7. Definitely an inside job. The money wasn't locked up in any cabinet, just sitting in a bag in the room they count the money. This Director is naieve. Who was the last one out before they closed for the weekend? Don't be surprised if one of the "people in charge" stole the money.

  8. FYI Stephanie, the Potter/Twilight info is incomplete. ONE place in CANADA refused to distribute the Potter/Twilight toys. No Salvation Army in this country is refusing the toys or destroying them.

  9. According to updated information on one of the television news websites it looks like an inside job. Who puts thirteen grand in a file cabinet?