A Chicago man has been charged with stealing more than $1,000 from a Salvation Army bucket outside a store in Naperville.
Joe Horton, 52, has also been charged with attempting to use a credit card from a lost wallet he found outside the Naperville store where he was collecting donations for the Salvation Army.
On Nov. 30, a patron at a Dominick’s grocery store on Naper Boulevard near 75th Street notified store personnel that she had lost her wallet. The following day, she reported the wallet and credit cards stolen to authorities. On Dec. 2, the woman received notification that someone attempted to use her credit card in Chicago.
An investigation into the matter led authorities to Horton. It is alleged that while working as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, Horton stole money totaling approximately $1,030 from the donation bucket. It is further alleged that Horton found the woman’s wallet in front of the store and attempted to use the woman’s credit card.
Horton has been charged with one count of identity theft, a Class 4 felony, and one count of misdemeanor theft.
“The allegations against Mr. Horton are completely outrageous,” said DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said. “The very idea that someone would steal donations meant for the less fortunate is sickening, particularly given the fact that we are in the heart of the holiday season.” Horton appeared in DuPage County Bond Court this morning, where Judge Elizabeth Sexton set his bond at $40,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 30 in front of Judge George Bakalis.