Fort Collins Salvation Army bell ringer accused of stealing red kettle arrested

Posted at 4:52 PM, Dec 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-07 19:00:32-05

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A Salvation Army bell ringer police say took off with a red kettle full of cash last Friday has been found and arrested.

Nicholas Rosselis-Freeman, 27, was arrested Thursday and booked into the Larimer County Jail on suspicion of theft, Fort Collins Police announced Friday.

On Nov. 30, Rosselis-Freeman was ringing the bell seeking donations outside the King Soopers at S. Timberline Road and E. Drake Street in Fort Collins when he allegedly took off with the kettle.

A Salvation Army worker arrived at the supermarket to pick up the donations, but couldn’t locate the suspect or the kettle.

“I went to the customer service desk and when I came back out, he was gone,” Capt. Isaias Braga said.

Rosselis-Freeman was hired from a staffing agency to ring the bell, according to the Salvation Army. An estimated $400 was inside the stolen kettle.