MODESTO (CBS/AP) — A man and woman used a Salvation Army bell and kettle to collect money outside a Modesto Walmart for themselves, according to investigators.

Modesto police Sgt. David Chamberlain said that a Salvation Army employee contacted authorities about the scam on Sunday.

Salvation Army bell ringers do not work Sundays. Bells and kettles are left inside the stores where they raise money.

Chamberlain says 25-year-old Domonick Carrie and 25-year-old Khalillah Williams were arrested outside the Walmart. Investigators say Williams collected the money and Carrie was in a vehicle nearby.

Williams is in jail where he was booked for investigation of felony conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretenses. Carrie is in custody for felony conspiracy.

The amount of money collected by the pair hasn’t been disclosed.



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Comments (3)
  1. Josh Stewart says:

    ” Bells and kettles are left inside the stores where they raise money.” Does this imply that when donations are not being collected, the bell and kettle are kept inside the store? I am confused, might be the teacher in me coming out, but that isn’t really clear!

    1. Donald Wright says:

      John: The meaning of the statement in the article that “bells and kettles are left inside the stores where they raise money” is unambiguous: when no Salvation Army employees are on duty, the bells and the kettles collect money themselves, from inside the store, without the need for human intervention. Given this advanced means of fund-raising at the Salvation Army’s disposal, the teacher manqué in me wonders why the Salvation Army troubles itself at all to hire pesky humans with their grabby, grabby hands.

  2. Donald Wright says:

    As an aside, I find myself wondering whether the lovely Christmas-minded couple in the article, “Domonick” and “Khalillah,” was collecting funds to enrich the lives of their offspring, and whether that progeny sports Christian–er, first–names like D’Shaun and Shaneekwa, but I guess that information wasn’t germane to the story.

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