Bell Ringer Accused of Stealing From Salvation Army Bucket

Thursday, Dec 5, 2013  |  Updated 9:39 PM CDT
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Bell Ringer Accused of Stealing From Donation Bucket

Joe Horton

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A Chicago man is charged with stealing more than $1,000 while working as a Salvation Army bell ringer.

Joe Horton, 52, is also accused of attempting to use a credit card from a lost wallet he allegedly found outside the Naperville store where he was collecting donations for the Salvation Army.

According to the DuPage County State's Attorney office, a customer at a Dominick's grocery reported her wallet missing on November 30.

The next day, she was alerted by her credit company that someone tried to use her missing credit card, which led authorities to Horton.

During the course of the investigation, authorities also determined that Horton had stolen $1,030 from the donation bucket.

Horton was charged with one felony count of identity theft and one count of misdemeanor theft.

He was being held on $40,000 bond.

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