Online Staff Report
A Rockford man was arrested after tearing through Rockford in what has been described as a reckless crime spree early Friday morning, June, 20.
Shane Hooper, 29, was arrested for allegedly demanding money and destroying property inside a south Rockford Road Ranger and crashing his truck in two alleged hit-and-runs.
The scene unfolded around 1:30 a.m., Friday, when Rockford Police responded to several incidents they say were committed by the same suspect. Clerks at a south Rockford Road Ranger told police Hooper entered the store and demanded money. When clerks refused to cooperate, he began destroying property and jumping on the counter, yelling for cash. A clerk gave him an undisclosed amount of cash and Hooper left in a green pickup truck with a red snow plow tied to the bed.
Police say Hooper sped through the gas station’s landscaping and tore away from the scene. This truck was later involved in hit-and-run incidents in the 2600 block of Colorado Avenue and near 20th Street and Reed Avenue, where authorities say he abandoned the vehicle.
Hooper was then located back in the vicinity of the Road Ranger and a clerk identified him as the robbery suspect. Further investigation revealed that he had tried something similar at the McDonald’s drive-through across the street, but was unsuccessful.
Hooper remains jailed on charges of robbery, DUI, hit and run, driving with no insurance, disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and reckless driving.