Thieves took advantage of Hudson Valley residents kindness over the weekend when they made off with donation money collected by the Salvation Army outside a town of Wallkill store.

The Times Herald-Record reports the suspects took off with the whole kettle and stand, which contained about $500, after being unable to access the locked kettle. The incident took place outside the ShopRite on Route 211 on Saturday around 6:30. The person working had taken a short break after working a very long day.

Authorities have been notified and are on the case. A representative from the Salvation Army expressed concern that the criminals could set up shop and collect donations illegally. If you see something fishy in the Middletown area, people are asked to call (845) 343-0821 but don't confront the suspects.

Founded in the mid-1800s, the Salvation Army helps approximately 25 million Americans annually. For more information on how to make a monetary or clothing donation, you can head to their website.

UPDATE: ShopRite will be covering the $500 donation that was stolen as well as chipping in an additional $100. Well done!