- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) - Police in a Buffalo suburb have helped take some of the sting out of the theft of hundreds of dollars dropped into two Salvation Army donation kettles.

Authorities in Cheektowaga (cheek-tuh-WAH’-guh) tell The Buffalo News (http://bit.ly/1sXR4HR ) that a man in a Salvation Army uniform approached a bell ringer outside a Kmart store Monday evening and said he was there to collect the donation kettle. The woman handed it over but soon realized she had been duped and called the police.

Police say they believe the impostor did the same thing two hours later at a mall. Officials say the two kettles contained a total of $500 to $800.

To help cover the loss, the Cheektowaga Police Department’s two unions presented the Salvation Army with a $500 check Tuesday.

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Information from: The Buffalo News, http://www.buffalonews.com

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