AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The Salvation Army says someone stole two of their red kettles last week, including the accessories that may help the thieves scam donations.

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The crime took place in Aurora, and one of the thefts included the red kettle, the sign the apron and the bell.

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The Salvation Army is worried that someone may use those items to set up their own kettle collection stand and scam those who donate out of money.

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“Last year the Salvation Army helped over 62,000 people in Colorado with toys and gifts. Much of that is made available by the donations that we receive in the Red Kettle. So, when a kettle is stolen, it really robs us of resources to do the good we like to do and it gives people an opportunity to set up shop anywhere they want and solicit donations and really take away from needy people,” said Salvation Army volunteer Will Raihl.

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On an average weekday the bell ringers in Aurora collect about $350 to $500.

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The Salvation Army says that bell ringers will never ask for money. Anyone who believes a bell ringer may be suspicious should report it.

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