Thief steals Salvation Army kettle from Publix in Sarasota

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who stole a Salvation Army kettle from a volunteer at a Publix store Thursday night.

The volunteer was in front of the store at 3690 Bee Ridge Road just before 6 p.m. when the suspect approached, grabbed the collection bucket and ran off with an undetermined amount of donations, according to a news release.

At the time, the suspect was wearing a gray sweatshirt with a blue or green shirt underneath it and blue jeans.

The suspect’s vehicle is a newer model white Nissan Maxima with dark tinted windows.

Anyone with information can call Criminal Investigations at (941) 861-4900 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477), online at or via text message by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637).