Salvation Army Bell Ringer Steals Red Kettle

December 7, 2012 Updated Dec 7, 2012 at 9:48 AM EDT

By WKBW News

December 7, 2012 Updated Dec 7, 2012 at 9:48 AM EDT

FREDONIA, NY (WKBW) - It's the sound of the season, those ringing bells, and smiling volunteers, collecting cash for the Salvation Army, which does so much to help the needy.

Which makes this latest case so frustrating, that a bell ringer in Fredonia, known only as Tamika ended her four hour shift by walking away with a kettle full of money. Approximately more than $1,000 in cash.

It happened at the Wal-Mart on Saturday.

Red kettle thefts have been reported all over the country, just recently another case in Houston.

But what makes this local case unique it wasn't a passer-by swiping the kettle, it was a volunteer.

Tamika, reportedly asked to step in at the last minute to cover a shift that was left open. For her, police say, it was an open opportunity to earn some cash, making at least $250.00 per hour.

A very vague description of this woman, she is black around 5 feet 5 inches tall and was wearing a brown jacket with fur-like material around the hood, black pants and white sneakers.

If you think you saw her, call police.