Two men charged with stealing Salvation Army kettle

Two men are facing charges after stealing a Salvation Army kettle from a bellringer at a Tewksbury Kmart, police said.

Kirk Proctor, 18, of Tewksbury, and Joseph Sperry, 23, of Lowell, are facing charges of unarmed robbery, said Tewksbury Police Captain Randall Humphrey.

Around 1:43 p.m. on Friday, Sperry allegedly distracted the volunteer who was stationed in front of the store on Rogers Street while Proctor ran away with the kettle. Sperry was chased down by civilians and detained in the parking lot, Humphrey said. Proctor got into a vehicle and was stopped a short time later, he said.

“In my career, I don’t recall any Salvation Army collector being robbed of their collections,’’ Humphrey said. “We do increase patrols during the holiday season.’’

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