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Please forgive me: Thief returns red kettle money

BOARDMAN, Ohio – A thief who made off with cash from a Salvation Army red kettle at a northern Ohio mall this week apparently has had a change of heart.

Police near Youngstown said that two days after the kettle was emptied out, someone left $130 and an apology at the Salvation Army.

A note found at the Salvation Army on Wednesday morning read “here is the money I took plus money for a new kettle and bell.”

The Vindicator newspaper in Youngstown (http://bit.ly/SzAE8b) reports that the note also said “please forgive me.”

Police in Boardman said a witness saw someone wearing a Salvation Army jacket take the kettle Monday night while a bell-ringer was on a break.

A Salvation Army official said it’s not known how much money was in the kettle.

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