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A Salvation Army kettle was stolen from in front of the Ingles off of Highland Lake Road and Spartanburg Highway Saturday night.

The organization says it likely contained between $400 and $700, when it was taken around 5:30 p.m.

Police are now searching for David Lee Warner in connection with the incident. Monday officials said Warner had been loitering in front of the store for more than an hour, and asking the bellringers stationed next to the kettle to give him money.

Flat Rock Village Mayor Bob Staton was the bellringer on duty when it happened. He says he was standing right next to the kettle, turned around to take money from a donor, and when he reached to put it in the red bucket - it was gone.

A warrant is out for Warner's arrest for misdemeanor larceny. He had one outstanding warrant for a cyberstalking charge.

Lieutenant Colonol David Holz of the Salvation Army said in his 17 years, he has never seen a kettle been stolen.

"We help a lot of people, all they had to do is to ask for help and we would do our best to help them. That's what we're here for - that's what we raise money for," said Holz.


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