Salvation Army Worker Accused of Stealing Donations


LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office accuses a Salvation Army worker of collecting donations, then pocketing the cash.

Deputies say 43-year-old John Mueller of Middlesboro was arrested Friday afternoon at Walmart near Corbin. They say on two occasions, investigators saw him accept a donation and pretend to put it into a bucket. Deputies say Mueller then put the cash in his pocket.

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According to the sheriff’s office, Mueller was under the influence when he was arrested. It says he admitted to taking Neurontin earlier in the day. He was charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking under $500 and public intoxication – controlled substances.

Deputies say Mueller was also charged on a Bell County bench warrant of arrest for failure to appear in court on three counts of theft by deception – cold checks under $500.