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Woodstock resident charged with church burglary

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 3:27 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 11:53 p.m. CST

WOODSTOCK – A Woodstock resident was charged with stealing numerous pieces of musical equipment from a church.

Joseph E. Schuch, 20, of 231 Burbank Ave., Woodstock, was charged with one count of burglary to a place of worship, a Class 1 felony, according to a news release from the Woodstock Police Department.

Several pieces of musical equipment with a total estimated value of $6,000 to $7,000 were stolen from Woodstock Assembly of God Church, 1201 Dean St., the release said.

The burglary was reported to Woodstock police by church staff, and an investigation was opened Sept. 22.

Evidence obtained while processing the scene led to a search Tuesday of Schuch's home, which is about 300 feet from the church, the release said.

Several items reported stolen were found at his home, and he made incriminating statements during the search, the release said.

Schuch was in custody at the McHenry County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon. His next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.

– Emily K. Coleman

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