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Multiple cars have catalytic converters stolen at Salvation Army, pausing kettle operations

Photo courtesy of The Salvation Army

As thieves continue to steal catalytic converters across not only the state but the country, cars at The Salvation Army in Jackson were the latest to fall victim to the growing crime trend.

Officials with The Salvation Army, an evangelical organization that aims to help the poor, said that between 1:45 and 3:45 a.m. on Wednesday, a group of individuals cut through the perimeter fence at their local headquarters on Presto Lane. The suspects, who have not yet been caught, damaged three vehicles by removing their exhaust and catalytic converters.

In response to the situation, the organization is bringing a temporary halt to its kettle operations, which raises money to feed the hungry.

“Despite this setback, The Salvation Army remains undeterred and is calling upon the resilience and goodwill of the community to join us in turning this misfortune into an opportunity for unity and generosity,” officials wrote. “The Grinch may have tried to steal our Christmas joy, but we believe that, together, we can overcome this challenge and ensure a festive season for all.”

It is unclear when kettle operations will resume ahead of Christmas. All three cars have been put in a repair shop.

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