Charges dropped against red kettle thief - - Jackson, MS

Charges dropped against red kettle thief

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – The Salvation Army shows mercy for two teenagers accused of stealing from the organization. 

Captain Ken Chapman has decided to drop all charges against 19-year-old Philen Cummings and his accomplice 18-year-old Ebony Epps. 

Last Thursday, Cummings stole a red kettle containing more than $500 as workers unloaded the kettles on Presto Lane.

So, rather than face formal charges, Chapman will let Cummings and Epps perform 100 hours of community service at the Salvation Army Thrift Store. 

Chapman said, "We have asked the sheriff's department to show mercy on this individual. You know, I don't want his life to be ruined for making a bad choice and I certainly don't endorse what he did. But I believe -- listen, I'm a sinner saved by grace. If I can be saved and be forgiven for what I do, I need to show that same compassion." 

Most of the money has been returned to the Salvation Army. 

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