Fortuna resident arrested for allegedly swiping donation kettle


Fortuna resident Kevin Clausen, 23, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing a Salvation Army donation kettle from in front of a local grocery store.

The Fortuna Police Department release said a man approached the Salvation Army bell ringer and stole the donation kettle being used to collect holiday donations. The bell ringer pursued the suspect on foot and recovered the kettle. The suspect then fled on foot to the rear of Safeway on Fortuna Boulevard.

With the assistance of several witnesses, officers were able to locate Clausen in the area of Barry Avenue.

Clausen, who is currently on probation and had been arrested by FPD on Nov. 19 for burglary to several vehicles, was out on a court-ordered release for the prior burglary charges.

Clausen was booked into the Humboldt County jail on suspicion of robbery and probation violation.