NOTE: Winnebago County Sheriff Office (Or any local police departments) RARELY releases any press releases, so do not expect an update on this story. Sorry, but this is what happens when they encrypted.
BUSTED DURING BATTLE OF THE BELLS: Rockford Police officers ringing bells for the Salvation Army stop a shoplifter trying to steal more than a thousand dollars’ worth of merchandise. On Friday, December 14, 2018, at approximately 10:20 a.m., Rockford Police officers participating in “Battle of the Bells” against Rockford Fire Department were alerted to a male suspect shoplifting goods from Walmart (3859 Northridge Drive). When confronted by an officer outside, the suspect fled on foot. He was taken into custody after a short foot chase and now faces the below listed charges.
Danuel Schumacher, 37, Rockford: Retail Theft (Felony), 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 was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. The charges against Schumacher are merely accusations. He is considered innocent unless proven guilty in court.
Sources said Police put a man in handcuffs earlier today near the Starbucks near Forest Hills and Riverside.
Sources said the man committed a crime at Walmart on Northridge this morning then ran from police across the road near the Taco Bell and Starbucks. Police caught the man near Starbucks.
Sources said he is an alleged theft suspect.
Side note: Rockford Police and Fire Departments were hosting an event at the same Walmart. #BattleoftheBells: Come donate to the Salvation Army and help RPD beat Rockford Fire Department in this change challenge at the Walmart on W. Riverside and Northridge Dr. from 10 am – 2 pm!
Bomb Threat – Walmart on Northridge
Date: 05/24/2018 1:00 pm
Location: 3849 NorthRidge Dr
Shortly before 1:00pm on May 24, 2018, an employee at the Northridge Walmart received a phone call from an unknown person stating there was an explosive device within the store. At that time, store employees and customers were evacuated from the store. Officers from the Rockford and Loves Park Police Departments responded to the store. Officers conducted a search of the store and no suspicious items were found. At this time, this call has been deemed as a hoax. The Rockford Police Department is conducting an investigation into this incident.
Around 1 pm today several emergency personnel were responding to a bomb threat in Rockford.
There are evacuating the Walmart on Northridge. Reports of a bomb threat.