Juvenile faces charge in connection with theft of $10,000 from Salvation Army office in D.C.


The aftermath of the Thanksgiving weekend break-in at the Salvation Army’s Anacostia office. (Courtesy of Salvation Army)

D.C. police said Saturday they had arrested a juvenile and charged him with stealing an estimated $10,000 during the Thanksgiving weekend break-in at the Salvation Army’s Anacostia office.

The statement from police gave few details about how the youth was found but noted that a custody order was issued Friday by D.C. Superior Court.

The order charged the young male with second-degree burglary.

News that money collected by bell ringers from across the region had been stolen from the facility on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Southeast spread, and within days donors had given gifts and pledges of more than three times the amount stolen.

Among them was Tom Goldstein, a lawyer and publisher of the popular SCOTUSblog, who wrote a check for $10,000. The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, an organization based in Northern Virginia, also gave $10,000.

D.C. police released this video in their search for two people sought in connection with a burglary at a Salvation Army facility in Southeast Washington. (D.C. Police)

“People are just amazed at what happened to a charity like ours,” Maj. Lewis Reckline, commander of the Washington area Salvation Army, which covers the District, Northern Virginia, and Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, said at the time of the theft. “People . . . are very, very outraged that someone would . . . do something like that.”

The stolen money, meant for those who need help paying for Christmas presents, rent, food and heating bills, was taken from a safe and 11 of the familiar red kettles used to collect donations.

Michelle Boorstein is the Post’s religion reporter, where she reports on the busy marketplace of American religion.

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