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Salvation Army red kettles stolen in Canby, Oregon City; suspect caught

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OREGON CITY, OR (KPTV) -

Several Salvation Army red kettles were stolen in Canby and Oregon City.

One half-full kettle, along with multiple empty kettles and an entire kettle stand were stolen on Monday.

The organization said a suspect was taken into custody quickly, thanks to the work of the Fred Meyer loss prevention team and officers in Canby and Oregon City.

The suspect's name was not released.

A Salvation Army report states the loss connected with the thefts, including the loss of the kettles themselves and the expected donations associated with them on the day they were taken, totals well over $1,000.

The thefts occurred at a bad time due to the weather, as well. Kettle locations were closed Thursday due to snow and ice in the Portland metro area.

"The decision to close kettle sites is never an easy one, but we felt that in this case, we needed to do it," said Captain Matt Madsen, Corps Officer at The Salvation Army Gresham Corps. "We didn't want to put our kettle workers in danger while getting to and from their kettle and then stand for hours in the cold, especially if traffic at the stores decreased due to the weather."

The Salvation Army is looking for extra help to make up for the loss of income after the kettles were stolen and recent weather. For more, go to Portland.SalvationArmy.org.

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