MOUNT VERNON — With the assistance of witnesses, the Mount Vernon Police Department arrested a man who admitted to stealing a Salvation Army kettle on Friday at Neff’s Cardinal Market in Mount Vernon.
Mount Vernon Police Officer Travis Tharp, with assistance from officer Kyle Thiebert, arrested Tyler Kipp, 23, on Friday afternoon after a witness called 9-1-1 to report the make, color and license plate number of the vehicle Kipp was driving when he left the parking lot at Neff’s.
Kipp was then located through the assistance of family and friends. He admitted to taking the kettle, emptying the money and throwing the kettle out of his car on Lower Gambier Road. He had approximately $22 in his possession from the kettle. He was then arrested and taken to the Knox County Jail.
A bag containing marijuana cigarettes was found in Kipp’s possession, as were several rings and other jewelry items which Kipp claimed belonged to family members that he planned to pawn.
Kipp has been charged with petty theft and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to Mount Vernon Police Department Capt. George Hartz.
Kipp is scheduled to appear in Mount Vernon Municipal Court on Tuesday for an arraignment.