FARMINGTON HILLS (WWJ/AP) – Donations have been raised to help replace money stolen when a Salvation Army red kettle was swiped from outside a metro Detroit pharmacy.

Members of the Farmington Hills Police Department raised $248 and an anonymous donor chipped in $300.

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The donation kettle and stand were set up Friday outside a Walgreens in Farmington Hills, northwest of Detroit. They were taken around 4:45 p.m. when a volunteer bell ringer manning the kettle went inside the store.

Police say the stand was found nearby, but not the kettle and its contents.

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Farmington Hills officer Brett Putnam sent out an email on the theft, which led to the donations. Putnam tells WDIV-TV that he was angry then thought “let’s win this day, let’s make this up.”

The theft is under investigation. The suspect is described as a six-foot tall man in his early 20s. He was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 248-871-2600

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