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Oshkosh police investigate stolen Salvation Army kettle

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OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - Oshkosh police are searching for the suspect behind the theft of a Salvation Army red kettle.

According to surveillance pictures, a man grabbed a cart from an Oshkosh Walmart and headed outside to the Salvation Army booth. Authorities say the kettle was locked in the booth, but the suspect broke the handle off the kettle.

Officer Joe Nichols says police don't know how much money was in the kettle when it was stolen. But he says they know there were witnesses to the crime.

"We're sure somebody saw him, somebody saw something going on, the same time he is walking out of the store there are a couple customers walking in," Officer Nichols told FOX 11.

Captain Don Karl with the Salvation Army of Oshkosh says what troubles him most about the theft was that if the suspect was in trouble and needed some assistance, Karl says all he had to do was stop in and ask.

"Sit them down and just ask them what provoked you to do that? Was it out of anger or was it out of desperation or need? If it was out of need come on and see us," Karl told FOX 11.

According to police, the suspect is a white man. He was wearing a blue jacket, possibly a North Face brand with the hood up. He was also wearing blue gloves and jeans, with white tennis shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Oshkosh police at (920) 236-5700. Anonymous tips can be left with Crime Stoppers by phone at (920) 231-8477, by text-messaging IGOTYA and the information to 274637, or online.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11)

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