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Police In NC Arrest Fake Bell Ringer

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File photo of a person being arrested at a DUI checkpoint. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of a person being arrested at a DUI checkpoint. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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RAEFORD, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a woman with a red apron, bell and a gift-wrapped cardboard box impersonated a Salvation Army bell ringer in Raeford and kept the donations for herself.

Police say 51-year-old Annie King went door-to-door asking for donations at downtown businesses Thursday before she was arrested in front of a Family Dollar store.

Authorities say she collected about $20 before she was taken into custody and charged with obtaining property by false pretense.

Investigators say King was a Salvation Army bell ringer in Tennessee and was using her old apron and bell.

Police say Bell was released on bail, but missed a court appearance Friday. It wasn’t known if she had an attorney.

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