ROGERS, Minn. (FOX 9) - The Salvation Army has reported two more thefts of donation kettles in the Twin Cities metro, both believed to be by the same suspect.
According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, a Red Kettle was stolen in Brooklyn Park and another was stolen two days later from the Cub Foods in Rogers. The photos provided by employees and volunteers led authorities to believe the same suspect is responsible for both thefts.
At about 6:26 p.m. Dec. 5, a man walked into the Brooklyn Park Cub Foods on West Broadway, took the entire kettle - including the stand - and walked out of the store. The kettle and stand were found Dec. 6 and 7 near 7300 Florida Avenue North.
The suspect is an adult black male wearing a flannel jacket with a hood, black pants with a white emblem or slogan on the upper left thigh, and black shoes. Based on the store camera footage from the Rogers incident, he is driving a dark-colored pickup truck.
These are the third and fourth Salvation Army donation kettle thefts reported this season. On Sunday, a man was seen on security footage stealing the Red Kettle off the counter at the Pizza Ranch in Maplewood.
Earlier this month, two people were seen on security footage using bolt cutters to cut the donation kettle from its stand at Cub Foods in Blaine. Police shared the video with the public and the suspects were eventually identified. The case has been referred to the Anoka County Attorney's Office for possible charges.
Anyone with information on the identity of the Brooklyn Park and Rogers suspect is asked to contact the Rogers Police Department at 763-428-3450.