Salvation Army Bilked of Nearly $900

A teen shows Patch readers the eight things you don't want in your vehicle during a traffic stop.

Even stores with fancy surveillance systems, security doors, and secret shoppers can’t prevent theft from their own employees.

The Salvation Army on Appleton Avenue is not one of those stores with fancy security systems, but one of their own employees ripped off $892 from the store safe some time between Sept. 19 and Sept. 20. 

The investigation revealed it was the assistant manager, and $751 was returned.

The Salvation Army funds its adult rehabilitation centers through the donated goods sold at retail outlets. The center helps men and women who have lost the ability to deal with and cope with problems in their lives. Fortunately, the money was returned.

Incriminating Cargo

There are certain items you definitely don’t want to have in or on a vehicle during a traffic stop. This driver had the jackpot – if you will.

Police stopped a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old Richfield man at 6:24 p.m. Sunday. He was stopped for having an illegal muffler on her Honda Civic. Police could smell the odor of burnt marijuana and found a grinder, pipe, and marijuana in his 19-year-old, female, passenger’s purse.

Officers also found three bottles containing various hard liquors, and fireworks in the vehicle.

He was issued a citation for an illegal muffler, possession of fireworks. The woman received citations for underage drinking, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.

Also in the reports:

  • Police found a woman sleeping in the lobby of an apartment building on the W16000 block of Appleton Avenue. The woman was clearly intoxicated and had vomited throughout the lobby. She had a warrant with the Greenfield Police Department for disorderly conduct.
  • An unknown person stole $505.93 worth of tools from O’Reilly Auto Parts Sept. 17. The person hid them in a backpack and left in a Lincoln Town Car. The person is described as a male with a medium to dark complexion, 5-feet, 10-inches tall, with wearing wire rim glasses.
  • A drunken 57-year-old Oconomowoc woman was arrested after she hit a construction barrel while driving without her vehicle lights on. She had a blood-alcohol level of 0.17 and was issued a first-offense OWI.
  • A purse was stolen from a locked vehicle in a smash and grab that occurred 10:30 p.m. on the W7000 block of Town Hall Road.


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