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Police: Man breaks into funeral home, steals candy

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A man in Rockford, Ill., faces a hefty prison sentence after being arrested for breaking into a funeral home and stealing pocketfuls of candy, City of Rockford Police officials announced Thursday, Jan. 2.

The incident unfolded at approximately 6:41 p.m., Jan. 1, when officers responded to the Collins & Stone Funeral Home, 128 S. Fifth St., in reference to an in-progress burglary.

Upon arrival, officers met with the witness, who stated he observed a subject enter the funeral home through a window. The witness believed the suspect was still inside.

Officers surrounded the funeral home, called for an available Illinois State Police K-9, and subsequently made entry. Officers located the suspect, Edward P. Hall, 32, hiding in the basement of the funeral home. Hall was taken into custody without incident.

Several pieces of candy from a jar within the funeral home were located in Hall’s pockets. He is lodged in the Winnebago County Jail on charges of burglary, possession of burglary tools and knowingly causing damage to property.

Bond has been set at $100,000.

Hall is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 8. He is currently on probation for theft.

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