NAPLES, Fla. - A Naples man faces grand theft charges after deputies say he stole from a Salvation Army kettle, while working as a bell ringer.
Kevin Lance Dinger, 49, was arrested Saturday after a female volunteer became suspicious of him.
According to the Collier County Sheriff's Office report, the volunteer told deputies Dinger had just finished his shift, when he stopped by her station and told her a supervisor wanted them to swap kettles.
The report says Dinger traded his empty kettle for the woman's full one. Deputies say when he finally turned it in, it only contained two dollars.
When questioned, a Salvation Army supervisor told authorities switching kettles is not standard procedure. He went on to say he thought Dinger had been consistently swiping money because his kettle collections were always drastically lower than those of other volunteers.
It's estimated Dinger made off with about $600. He was released Sunday from the Collier County Jail on $5,000 bond.
WINK News was able to reach Dinger at his home in Naples, but he declined to comment without his attorney.
He has a prior grand theft conviction from 2009.