Police have released surveillance video of two people that they say are suspects in the theft of donations to Salvation Army red kettles.
The men are seen on the video in a community center in Washington, going through drawers and peering through rooms. At one point, one of the two is seen carrying bolt cutters.
The Salvation Army said someone broke into the community center in the 2300 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. in Southeast on Sunday, between 1:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., and took several days' donations that had been collected by its Red Kettle program.
Maj. Lewis Reckline, area commander of the Salvation Army National Capital Area Command, said he believed a suspect who knew where the safe was located broke into the administrative office. He said it was a holiday weekend, which explained why the donations were being stored at the center rather than deposited in a bank.
Reckline said a security guard confronted the suspect who drew a knife, but no one was injured.
He said officials hope the money taken will be returned. He said the funds were donated to help local families who are struggling in southeast Washington.
Anyone with information about this crime should call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department's TEXT TIP LINE to 50411. Police are offering a $1,000 reward.