Thief returns cash stolen from red kettle in Ohio

BOARDMAN, Ohio (AP) — A thief who made off with cash from a Salvation Army red kettle at a northern Ohio mall this week apparently has had a change of heart.

Police near Youngstown say that two days after the kettle was emptied out, someone left $130 and an apology at the Salvation Army.

A note found at the Salvation Army Wednesday morning read "here is the money I took plus money for a new kettle and bell."

The Vindicator newspaper in Youngstown (http://bit.ly/SzAE8b ) reports that the note also said "please forgive me."

Police in Boardman say a witness saw someone wearing a Salvation Army jacket take the kettle Monday night while a bell-ringer was on a break.

A Salvation Army official says it's not known how much money was in the kettle.

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Information from: The Vindicator, http://www.vindy.com

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