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Police looking for suspect in attempted Salvation Army kettle theft

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VANCOUVER, WA (AP) -

Vancouver police responded to a Safeway at the 6700 block of NE 162nd Avenue at around 3:15 p.m. Thursday after the report of an attempted theft of a Salvation Army red kettle.

Judy Terry was working as the bell ringer when a masked man tried to steal the donations she was collecting. Judy grabbed the red kettle and didn't let go.

"There was a gentleman trying to take my pole and chain. All he got was the chain. He saw me with the kettle and started toward me and I told him it wasn't his day," said Judy.

Police said the man took off in a silver Honda Accord station wagon. The suspect is described as a white male wearing a mask, dark clothing and a baseball cap.

The sight of a masked man would scare many, but fear wasn't Judy's first reaction.

"I wasn't scared. I was mad and that's why I told him it wasn't his day because he wasn't getting that kettle," said Judy.

Judy rings bells for the Salvation Army 6 days a week. It's work for a good cause she wouldn't let go to waste.

"I don't understand it because the money stays here in this community. They help with housing, medical. Every penny stays right here, so it's very frustrating," said Judy.

Officials said police were unable to locate the suspect, and are cautioning that the suspect may strike again.

Police are asking bell ringers and retailers who have Salvation Army kettles in front of their businesses to take extra precautions to secure kettles, and be aware of suspicious individuals.

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