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Salvation Army coats weren't stolen

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports a happy ending. Hundreds of winter coats thought to have been stolen from a Salvation Army distribution center weren't swiped after all.

Police said an employee mistakenly thought someone had stolen 300 new donated coats from the Chesterfield distribution center. The worker was suspicious because the coats seemingly disappeared from shopping carts that had been stored in a cordoned off area of the center.

Salvation Army spokesman Jeff Baldwin told the Times-Dispatch that volunteers had put the coats on hangers and given them to needy clients. Chesterfield police department Lt. Tim Smith says the incident appears to have been a misunderstanding.

-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  |  December 22, 2009; 2:27 PM ET
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