Rockford officers ringing bells for Salvation Army bust shoplifter

By Jim Hagerty

ROCKFORD — Rockford Police officers ringing bells for the Salvation Army busted a man trying to steal $1,000 worth of items from Walmart Friday.

Police say the incident unfold at 10:20 a.m. at the Walmart at 3859 Northridge Drive. Officers participating in the “Battle of the Bells” against Rockford Fire Department were alerted that a male suspect was stealing goods from the store.

When confronted by an officer outside, the man fled on foot. He was taken into custody after a short foot chase.

The suspect is Danuel Schumacher, 37, of Rockford. He’s charged with felony retail theft and resisting/obstructing an officer.

“While officers were volunteering for a noteworthy cause, they were quickly reminded of how important it is to remain ever-vigilant,” said Assistant Deputy Chief Carla Redd. “I am very grateful for the dedication the officers show to the community on a daily basis.”

Schumacher is being held without bond in the Winnebago County Jail. He’s due in court Dec. 17. R.

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