Salvation Army burglary: More than $4,000 worth of items stolen from Glendale location

GLENDALE, AZ - Authorities say a man is behind bars Sunday night after burglarizing a Salvation Army church in Glendale.

Police say 38-year-old Mark Dollar made off with a whole day's worth of red kettle donations, but he didn't act alone

Authorities say Dollar and 52-year-old John Bardy broke into the church on December 2 and made off with more than $4,000 worth of stuff, including $2,000 of donations.

Surveillance video shows one of the suspects trying to break down the door of one room after he took a pastor's jacket.

The video helped catch one of the men, police are hoping it will help catch the other.

Major John Brackenbury with the Salvation Army showed ABC15 the hole the two burglars made to crawl inside of the Salvation Army Korean Corps in the west Valley.

"They ransacked this place. We think they were looking for money in the building," said Brackenbury

The men thought they'd cut all the wires to the security cameras on the building at 61st and Grand Avenues, but they were wrong.

"We do have a camera in the hallway. They didn't recognize that and so as they came and tried to look at the doors-they came and turned on the light."

Captain Aeran Oh looked over the video and was heartbroken when she realized one of the suspects was a man they'd helped almost every day for at least three months.

"Sometimes we trust people and it's disappointing and it's very hard you know," said Oh.

As if the burglary wasn't shocking enough, Oh was stunned when Dollar showed up the next day asking for coffee as if nothing had happened.

Captain Oh was conflicted but knew she had to call police.

"My heart was kind of broken. Even though I called police, I didn't like to call them you know."

She says she doesn't hold any grudges against him and hopes one day she can speak to him face-to-face.

"If he asked me for a bottle of water and food, I would like to help him continually," she said.

Dollar was arrested on Dec. 5 but officers still are looking for Bardy.

If you have any information you're encouraged to contact police.

Red kettle donations are down this year and this was another blow to the Salvation Army.

If you would like to help, visit their website or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)


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