BLAINE, Minn. - It wasn't the size of the crime, but the violation of seasonal spirit that made catching two young men responsible for the theft of a red kettle so important.

Blaine police  announced Friday that the suspects caught on camera stealing an unmanned Salvation Army collection kettle have been arrested and are facing charges in the incident, which came to light Dec. 5.  

A department spokesperson said that arrests were made based on one of hundreds of tips police received after posting photos and a video of the men. A post on the Blaine PD Facebook page was viewed more than 1.3 million times. 

Update to the Salvation Army Red Kettle Theft* The two suspects have been identified and the case will be referred to the Anoka County Attorney's Office for charges. Once there is a formal complaint...

The video showed what appeared to be the suspects cutting the red kettle free outside of the Northtown Cub Foods and running away with it. Police also released a photo of a suspect vehicle, a silver or grey Chevy Trailblazer. 

It's expected that charges will be filed against the two in Anoka County Friday or  Monday. 

Blaine police say this is the suspect vehicle connected to a stolen Salvation Army kettle.
courtesy Blaine Police Department