PAINESVILLE -- Sheriff's deputies have arrested the man who posed as a Salvation Army bell-ringer and then stole the pot of cash last month.
Jeffrey Gregg has admitted to the crime, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.
On Dec. 21, Gregg went to the Giant Eagle in Painesville and managed to convince bell-ringers there that he was there to relieve them. After posing as a bell-ringer, he left the store with the pot of cash, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Deputies were led to Gregg after reviewing surveillance footage of the store area. They determined he had spent the night before the crime in a blue Buick in the parking lot.
Believing he was homeless, they checked other parking lots in the area for the blue Buick. After several weeks, Gregg and the car were located in the parking lot of America's Best Value Inn in Mentor.
Gregg admitted to deputies he stole the Salvation Army kettle Dec. 21.