MODESTO, Calif. >> California investigators say a man and woman used a Salvation Army bell and kettle to collect money outside a Wal-Mart for themselves.
Modesto police Sgt. David Chamberlain tells the Modesto Bee that a Salvation Army employee contacted authorities about the scam on Sunday.
Salvation Army bell ringers do not work Sundays. Bells and kettles are left inside the stores where they raise money.
Chamberlain says 25-year-old Domonick Carrie and 25-year-old Khalillah Williams were arrested outside the Wal-Mart. Investigators say Williams collected the money and Carrie was in a vehicle nearby.
Williams is in jail where he was booked for investigation of felony conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretenses. Carrie is in custody for felony conspiracy.
The amount of money collected by the pair hasn’t been disclosed.