Salvation Army bell ringer charged with theft

Published: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 7:11 a.m. CDT

WHEATON — A Salvation Army bell ringer is accused of stealing more than $1,000 from a donation bucket and trying to use someone's lost credit card.

The DuPage County State's Attorney's office said Thursday that 52-year-old Joe Horton of Chicago has been charged with misdemeanor theft and identity theft.

Prosecutors say a patron at a Dominick's grocery store in Naperville reported last weekend that she'd lost her wallet — only to be notified Monday that someone tried to use her credit card in Chicago.

They say an investigation led to Horton, who allegedly found the wallet in front of the store. The investigation also led to charges alleging he stole more than $1,000 from the donation bucket while he worked as a bell ringer.

A judge set Horton's bond at $40,000.

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