Northeast Ohio man admits stealing donation kettle

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PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- A 55-year-old northeast Ohio man has pleaded guilty to stealing a Salvation Army donation kettle days before Christmas.

The (Willoughby) News-Herald (http://bit.ly/K81owe ) reports Jeffrey L. Gregg pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft on Wednesday in Painesville. He'll be sentenced Jan. 16.

Deputies said Gregg -- who has no permanent address -- stole the red kettle from in front of a Giant Eagle grocery store Dec. 21. He did it by convincing the real Salvation Army volunteers that he was taking over the bell-ringing shift. Soon after, he put the kettle in a car and left.

Detectives used surveillance video to catch up with Gregg, who was found sleeping in his car in a motel parking lot. He admitted taking the kettle.

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Information from: The News-Herald, http://www.news-herald.com/jrc-html/index/index_p33.html

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