Le­banon man charged with steal­ing pro­tein bars from O’Fal­lon High

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A Le­banon man is in jail after po­lice say he stole pro­tein bars from O’Fal­lon Town­ship High School and beer from an O’Fal­lon gas sta­tion within the course of a few days.

Ed­ward C. Cole­man, 42, was booked into St. Clair County jail on Oct. 13, jail records in­di­cate. He was charged with one count of re­tail theft, stem­ming from two in­ci­dents that oc­curred a week apart.

Around 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 3, po­lice re­sponded to re­ports of a theft at Moto Mart East at 8401 East U.S. 50, records from the O’Fal­lon Po­lice Depart­ment state. There, po­lice found Cole­man, who told them he was try­ing to get to Mis­souri Pay­day Loans in Fairview Heights.

When of­fi­cers of­fered Cole­man a ride to Fairview Heights, he got into the back­seat of the car and put two six-packs of beer in the trunk, the records state. The next day, after be­ing tipped off by an em­ployee and view­ing sur­veil­lance footage from the gas sta­tion, po­lice learned Cole­man had stolen the beer.

Cole­man is also ac­cused of steal­ing from O’Fal­lon Town­ship High School on Oct. 10. Ac­cord­ing to a school re­source of­fi­cer who was work­ing that day, Cole­man walked into the lobby of the school around 1 p.m., but quickly ex­ited. When the of­fi­cer checked the spot Cole­man had been stand­ing in, he found an empty Ga­torade pro­tein bar box, a scratch off lot­tery ticket and a small bot­tle of Pump­kin Spice Cap­tain Mor­gan.

When the school re­source of­fi­cer re­viewed sur­veil­lance footage from school grounds, he said he saw Cole­man tak­ing the box of pro­tein bars from a pal­let of sup­plies that two other em­ploy­ees were un­load­ing in the school’s gym. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice records, the footage also showed that school was in ses­sion and fe­male stu­dents were in the lobby of the school wait­ing for the bell to ring at the time.

Cole­man was still in St. Clair County jail as of Thurs­day night with his next court date set for Nov. 13. His bail was set at $30,000.

Ed­ward Cole­man

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