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Bell ringer arrested in connection with stolen red kettle

Michelle Pope (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.) Michelle Pope (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Remember the Salvation Army bell ringer who said she was robbed of her kettle in front of the Winn Dixie in Gulfport? She's now charged in connection with the crime, and investigators believe she knows the thief.

Michelle Pope is charged with Petit Larceny, and false reporting of a crime. She's being held in the Harrison County Jail pending an initial hearing.

Last Wednesday, Pope described to WLOX News how the man pushed her to the ground and took off running with a full day's worth of donations. 

"He really needs to return that bucket and he really needs to apologize," Pope told WLOX of the robber. "This man stole from charity, he took from the needy people that's in need and that type of stuff. That really messed with me."

Gulfport Police have not yet charged anyone with the actual theft. They promise to release more information Wednesday.

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