The Salvation Army today reported the theft of its Collection Kettle at Massey Rendezvous in Christ Church, the first such theft in the 120 years in which the army has been in existence in Barbados.

Forensics officer from the RBPF dusking the stolen kettle for prints

Apparently the Salvation Army volunteer seeing after the kettle apparently left their station for just a few minutes when the thief struck outside the normally busy supermarket.

The kettle was later recovered at the rear of the nearby Peronne Plaza, with padlocks intact the but cover forced open and all the paper money stolen and the coins left behind.

Major Daryl Wilkinson Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army for Barbados told our Wendy Burke this is something they never expected to happen.

Major Wilkinson says this is testimony of the depths which society has now reached.

The Salvation Army’s target this year is $700 000.