Salvation Army cash donations stolen

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WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) - The Salvation Army says someone broke into one of its community centers in Washington and stole at least $10,000 in donations collected through the charity's Red Kettle Program.

The Salvation Army says the Solomon G. Brown Corps Community Center was burglarized at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday. The charity says a suspect broke into the administrative office and stole several days of proceeds from the Red Kettle donations.

"They were able to get into the building where they busted out the glass and managed to unlock the door," National Capital Salvation Army spokesman Ken Forsythe said.

The Salvation Army says a security guard confronted the suspect who had a knife. No one was injured, but Forsythe said the thieves climbed two fences, shimmied up a roofline and over a 3rd floor terrace to break into the building.

D.C. police released this surveillance video of the suspects:

"We're thankful that the security guard was not injured," Forsythe said.

Maj. Lewis Reckline, commander of the Salvation Army National Capital Area Command, says officials hope the money will be returned. He says the funds were donated to help local families who are struggling in southeast Washington.

Thieves or no thieves, the Salvation Army's National Capital chapter hopes to raise nearly $1.5 million by Christmas.

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