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UPDATE: Bell Ringers Stolen iPod Found

Police have arrested Nichole Whipple for theft after she admitted to stealing an iPod from a Salvation Army Bell Ringer.

Posted: Dec 22, 2018 6:32 PM
Updated: Dec 27, 2018 5:59 PM

UPDATE: Theft victim, Bob Finch, was at an RVTD bus stop when he saw the person who he believed stole his iPod. He called Medford Police who arrived on the scene and took the suspect, Nicole Whipple, into custody on a warrant.

After an interview, Whipple told police where they could find the stolen iPod. Police were able to recover the device and return it to Finch. 

Whipple has been lodged in the Jackson County jail for theft in the second degree.

Updated 12/27/18 at 7:42 a.m.


MEDFORD, Ore. -- You'll hear the sound of the Salvation Army bells for a couple more days still but it's a sound one Bell Ringer isn't hearing that's got him frustrated. That’s because his personal iPod was stolen while he was on the job, helping raise money for those in need.

"Right now, I just have to sing with my own voice either with the music in my head and just try to entertain people as best as possible without an iPod. I do give joy without music but music does help,” sell the Bell Ringer and theft victim Bob Finch.

In the six years he's been a Bell Ringer, he's never dealt with something like this.

Finch was bell ringing Friday afternoon outside of West Main Street Albertson's yesterday on West Main Street. He put his iPod touch in his jacket and set it down while he went to the bathroom. When he came back, his jacket wasn't where he left it.

"I picked up the jacket and I instantly put my hands into the pockets, no iPod. I'm freaking out. I immediately went to the manager of the Albertson's and said 'Look I've had my iPod stolen.’"

The grocery store allowed him to look at surveillance footage and snap a few photos of the potential suspect. Finch said he's financially strapped and just can't afford another $300 iPod but a stranger is letting him borrow one in the meantime.

"For someone to give me an iPod to use because mine got stolen that was beyond generous."

For now, he's determined to get his own back and continue to be the dancing and singing bell ringer he's known to be.

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