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Thieves steal Salvation Army donations from Glendale church

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -

Thieves broke into a Salvation Army church in Glendale and got away with thousands of dollars in donations less than three weeks before Christmas.

Surveillance video shows one of suspects inside of the church trying to break down a door to get to the money.

He kicks the door over and over again.

A few minutes later, the suspects find the safe and use a chair to wheel the safe outside of the church.

"They make me so sad. All the hard work that somebody decide to get very easily," said Capt. Aeran Oh, pastor at the Salvation Army Korean church in Glendale.

Capt. Oh says the robbers got away with $2,000--money collected by kettle volunteers.

The money goes to help those who less fortunate during the holidays.

The suspects broke into the church by making a hole in a bathroom wall.

That bathroom sits in back of the church and is usually left open.

Once they crawled into the church, surveillance cameras caught them in the act.

"When I saw his face...'What?' Every day he came, every day," said Capt. Oh.

When Capt. Oh watched the video, she immediately recognized the suspects.

She says one of them came to church daily to ask for food and money.

Capt. Oh says police arrested one and are still looking for the other.

"it's terrible. To steal from the church is really bad," said Brian Harmon, a bell ringer volunteer. "It just kind of gets you that somebody could do that and feel good about themselves the next day."

An arrest may have been made, but the church didn't get the money back.

Volunteers are now scrambling trying to make up for the money stolen.

Donations are already down this year because thanksgiving fell a week later than usual, meaning volunteers have less time to collect donations.

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