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Armed robber loses dollar to Salvation Army bell ringer

Posted: November 28, 2012 - 5:27pm
Mark Hallum mans the Salvation Army kettle at Walgreens on the corner of Oak and Harkrider streets. Two incidents of attempted aggravated robbery were unsuccessful Tuesday, police said, when volunteers refused to give up the donations. COURTNEY SPRADLIN PHOTO
Mark Hallum mans the Salvation Army kettle at Walgreens on the corner of Oak and Harkrider streets. Two incidents of attempted aggravated robbery were unsuccessful Tuesday, police said, when volunteers refused to give up the donations. COURTNEY SPRADLIN PHOTO

Conway police are investigating the aggravated robbery of a bell ringer outside of JC Penney in Conway Towne Centre Tuesday night.

La Tresha Woodruff, public information officer with CPD said the robbery remained unreported for an unknown amount of time until an on-patrol officer drove through the area and was informed of the incident by the bell ringer.

The man told police he didn’t report the incident initially because he was a veteran and he wasn’t afraid following the incident.

According to officials, the driver of a red Chevrolet Camaro, a black male believed to be in his 20’s, pulled up to the bell ringer and offered a dollar for the Salvation Army’s kettle.

Three other passengers in the car included another black male and two black females, also believed to be in their 20’s.

The volunteer then reportedly placed the dollar into the kettle and turned to thank the man for his donation, but instead found himself face-to-face with a 9mm handgun.

The driver demanded the kettle, but the bell ringer refused.

“He basically said, ‘You do what you’ve got to do, but I’m not giving you the kettle,’” Woodruff said.

The pair reportedly stared at each other for a while before the man drove away from the scene.

Salvation Army representatives said another similar incident occurred at Walmart on Skyline Drive prior to the JC Penney incident and was not reported to police.

The volunteer at that location also reportedly refused to give up the kettle.

“This worked out very well for the people in these situations but we do not advise that people do this sort of thing,” Woodruff said. “If someone points a gun, you should comply.”

Woodruff said it is also imperative that any incidents be reported to police.

“If we had known, we could have possibly patrolled other areas and caught these people in the act,” Woodruff said. “If this is reported,  police can get on their trail pretty fast.”

Patrols are heightened throughout the holiday season, Woodruff said, but will be revved up even more in light of the incidents.

“We are going to try to remain very visible so that this sort of thing doesn’t happen again,” Woodruff said.

(Megan Reynolds is a staff writer and can be reached by e-mail at megan.reynolds@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1277. Follow us on Twitter @lcdonline.)

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ucantbserious
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ucantbserious 11/28/12 - 05:35 pm
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Wow

"The man told police he didn’t report the incident initially because he was a veteran and he wasn’t afraid following the incident."

That's wonderful that he wasn't afraid but that is not a good reason to keep someone from reporting a crime. It should have been reported because it was a crime. How would this gentleman have felt if the thugs went on to another location and ended up shooting someone? I bet then he would have regretted not reporting it and getting the police on their trail to keep them from doing this again only with worse results.

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amerkraft 11/28/12 - 05:38 pm
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Nice to hear

It's nice to hear the Salvation Army volunteers weren't spooked by those cowardly Camero thugs.

i_wonder
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i_wonder 11/28/12 - 09:13 pm
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can we donate

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CCP fees and handguns to the bell-ringers??

Maybe the NRA could pledge $1000 for every bell-ringer that drops a robber.

Seriously though, this was the classic example of good versus evil.

The man was defending someone else's money, you can't get more honorable than that.

And the deadbeat should sell his 9 MM and Camaro and buy a clue before he pulls a gun on someone more trigger-happy than he is.

jimpen
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jimpen 11/29/12 - 06:03 am
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"If someone points a gun, you

"If someone points a gun, you should comply." My ass! If someone points a gun at me, they'll regret it!

PEARList
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PEARList 11/29/12 - 07:19 am
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Death Penalty!

If we would execute people who do this (assuming we have conclusive evidence), society would be better. For the average citizen, having a gun pulled on them can be a traumatic, life-changing thing, all over a few bucks. Luckily for this vet, he's probably seen a lot more than some young punk wannabe thug in daddy's car with a handgun he probably doesn't know how to use.
Also, we shouldn't punish people who shoot armed robbers in the back. It's more than doing society a favor, it's doing a service to your fellow man. But hey, that would be asking our legislators to write laws that make sense.
Finally, we should clear out the prisons of people who are in there for smoking/possessing weed, and start giving real sentences to people who do this kind of stuff (assuming my execution thing doesn't fly). We give out long enough sentences to these punks and the privately-owned prisons would still make their money, and we'd have a lot less of this mess falling on good citizens. Again, it would require laws that make sense.

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BuzzBy 11/29/12 - 07:48 am
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SO

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9mm handgun $150
Bell Ringer Bait $1
Getting Punked by the bell ringer you tried to rob
PRICELESS

@Trin who is the victim here that I should feel sorry for this time?

i_wonder
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i_wonder 11/29/12 - 08:19 am
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oh oh I know, I know

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The victim here is TRIN.

So stop trolling, Mr. Trolly McTrollerstein!!

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