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Man charged with battery of police officer after alleged retail theft

Police say a shoplifter was apprehended by an off-duty Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department deputy.
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Published: Jul. 3, 2020 at 3:06 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A 45-year-old Rockford man faces several charges after a reported retail theft on Thursday afternoon.

Officers arrived at Best Buy at 281 Deane Dr. for a report of a shoplifter apprehended by an off-duty Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department deputy at 4:20 p.m., according to the Rockford Police Department.

After a brief struggle, the suspect, 45-year-old David Strebing of Rockford, was taken into custody and then the Winnebago County Jail.

Strebing faces charges of aggravated battery of a police officer, two counts of resisting arrest, five counts of retail theft and possession of a controlled substance.

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