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Two People Arrested For Posing As Bell Ringers In Modesto

MODESTO (CBS13) - One person was arrested for posing as Salvation Army volunteer in Modesto, say police.

Domonick Carrie, 25, of Antioch was reportedly outside of the Walmart on Plaza Parkway on Sunday collecting donations with a Salvation Army red kettle when a real volunteer showed up, chased him away, and called the police.

Police say he then went to a second Walmart and tried the same thing when he was caught by police and taken into custody.

"People are out there giving their hard-earned cash and these people were manipulating the system and taking money by false pretenses," said Sgt. Pat Kimes of the Modesto Police Department.

"I was kind of disgusted," Michael Paugh of the Salvation Army said. "We solicit this money for those less fortunate that need help around Christmastime."

It's unknown how much the suspects collected. Some bell ringers can take in up to $1,000 a day.

Paugh said if the suspect needed help, they could have asked his organization for assistance.

"To see someone come out and do this for their own gain, it's sad," he said. "Christmas is a time of giving, a time of sharing. It's not a time of taking."

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