Stolen charity kettle, money returned

September 14, 2009 11:36:41 AM PDT
A Salvation Army kettle stolen from a Bloomfield coffee shop last week has been returned. The store owner declined to press charges against the woman caught on video stealing nearly $200 in donations.

Darren Smith, owner of Corporate Grind Cafe, said the woman agreed to give back the kettle and the money.

The woman from Staten Island was not identified. Smith said he was told she was having some "issues," which prompted her to take the kettle.

A woman and a man are seen in the video image buying a salad and sandwich wrap at the cafe, where they also ate lunch. The next image captures the two leaving the cafe. The woman casually picks up the Salvation Army kettle from the counter as she exits the store.

Smith said staff directs any tips to the Salvation Army kettle, which was back on the counter on Monday.

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