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Two charged with stealing Salvation Army donation bucket outside Lombard store

Kavin Gipson / photo from DuPage County state’s attorney’s office
Kavin Gipson / photo from DuPage County state’s attorney’s office

(LOMBARD) Two men have been charged with stealing a Salvation Army donation bucket outside a west suburban grocery store Thursday night.

Kavin Gipson, 48, and Roosevelt Huddleston, 51, approached the bucket outside the Ultra Foods, 491 E. Roosevelt Road in Lombard, about 7 p.m. while the bell ringer was inside the store, according to a statement from the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office.

Prosecutors said Gipson took the bucket while Huddleston acted as a lookout. Gipson then drove himself and Huddleston away from the store, leading police on a high-speed chase through a residential area.

Both men were arrested “without further incident” at the end of the chase, prosecutors said.

Gipson, of the 5100 block of Ridge Avenue in Hillside, is charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding and a misdemeanor count of theft, the state’s attorney’s office said. He was ordered held on a $20,000 bond.

Huddleston was charged with one felony count of theft, prosecutors said. His bond was set at $30,000.