A knife-wielding thief made off with an estimated $10,000 in cash from one of the Salvation Army’s community centers in Washington, D.C., the proceeds of a weekend’s holiday Red Kettle Campaign.
Salvation Army National Capital Area Commander Maj. Lewis Reckline, in a statement to The NonProfit Times, said that someone broke into the Solomon G. Brown Corps Community Center at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Sunday. It is believed that the individual must be someone who knows where the safe was located.
The suspect was confronted by a security guard during the theft and drew a knife. Reckline said the guard was not harmed. A description of the individual was not made available.
“The Salvation Army is grateful the on-duty security officer at Solomon G. Brown was unharmed during this incident. We are praying for the suspect(s) involved,” said Reckline. “We hope all of the money taken will be returned. These were funds donated by the community to help locally struggling families who reside in Southeast D.C. The Salvation Army is continuing to cooperate fully with D.C. Police during the investigation. We are asking for the community’s prayers during this time.”
Reckline said that the funds were being stored at the community center rather than being deposited in the bank because it was a holiday weekend and the banks were closed. SA is assisting the D.C. Metropolitan Police with the investigation, and anyone with information is being encouraged to contact them.
The Solomon G. Brown Corps Community Center has proven to be a valuable asset for the local community. During the past year, the Center assisted 4,011 families in Wards 7 and 8 during the past year.