Arrest made in stolen Salvation Army kettle investigation

Arrest made in stolen Salvation Army kettle investigation

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - An arrest has been made in connection with several stolen Salvation Army kettles after a break-in earlier this month.

According to Public Information Officer Lt. Jon Traxler, Kenneth Jones was taken into custody on Dec. 13 for being in a stolen vehicle.

It was not until Monday when authorities made the connection between the burglary and Jones, according to Traxler.

Traxler said Jones is charged with commercial burglary, and several other charges including receiving stolen property.

His bond for the commercial burglary charge was set at $25,000. His bond for receiving stolen property was set at $12,500.

Lt. Stacey Connelly with the Salvation Army said Jones was a volunteer, and was very familiar with the building.

Despite the break in, the organization raised $166,556.95 during the Christmas season for needy families in the Pine Belt, according to Connelly.

The scene: 

The Salvation Army of Hattiesburg off of U.S 49 was broken into Dec. 11.

According to Lt. Stacy Connelly, several kettles were stolen, but it is unknown at this time how much money was taken.

Connelly said that the suspects broke into the building through the nursery. She also said that there was broken glass in one of the offices.