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Manchester theft results in holiday good deed

On Tuesday, December 4, Salvation Army Lieutenant Miriam Rader was collecting donations outside of the Hobby Lobby, located on South Willow Street in Manchester, New Hampshire. She had received a fair amount of money from passers-by when, around 7:30 p.m., a tall, thin man approached her kettle to make a donation.

After placing his contribution into the kettle, the man suddenly grabbed the entire pot and fled behind a Toys R Us store nearby. The suspect allegedly took the kettle through the woods on a mountain bike, under I-293, to escape a Bedford man who came to Rader's aid.

Police called to the scene conducted a search of the areas. On Gold Street, just a short distance away, they reportedly found the empty kettle and a black hat that they believe was worn by the suspect.

The next day, Rader was organizing donated pastries to give to bell-ringers stationed around the city when a man, who has only been identified as a resident of Concord, approached her. The good samaritan gave Rader $300 and an additional $60 to pay for both her lunch and the replacement of the kettle.

Lt. Herb Rader, another Salvation Army volunteer, told the Union Leader, "This is the true sentiment of people. That they want to help people in need outshines the evil that is out there."

The alleged robber has not been captured, but has been described by witnesses as a tall, thin white man who was wearing blue jeans and a black jacket at the time of the incident.

If you have been accused of a crime in the Granite State, contact an experienced criminal lawyer like those at the Law Offices of Stephen C. Brown and Associates. Our professional staff can argue your case in court and ensure that you receive fair consideration.

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