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Walnut man charged for Rock Falls burglaries, possession of stolen vehicle

Paul S. Cobane IV.
Paul S. Cobane IV.

ROCK FALLS – A 39-year-old Walnut man is facing four criminal felony charges, including burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle, after authorities say he broke into two Rock Falls locations and drove a stolen pickup truck.

Authorities Friday arrested and charged Paul S. Cobane IV with one count of residential burglary, two counts of burglary and one count of possession of a stolen vehicle.

According to court documents, Cobane on July 19 broke into a home at 3515 Harbor Drive and on Aug. 28 broke into a building at 9060 Buell Road.

Cobane again broke into the Buell Road building on Sept. 24, charging documents show, and on the same day was driving a silver, 2016 Ford F250 pickup truck “knowing it to have been stolen.”

The residential burglary charge, a Class 1 Felony, is punishable by four to 15 years in prison.

The two burglary charges and possession of a stolen vehicle charge, all Class 2 Felonies, each carry a punishment of three to seven years in prison.

Court records show that Cobane has a criminal history in Bureau County, where he was convicted in 2019 after he pleaded guilty to one count of theft, and in 1999 after he pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary.

Cobane remains at Whiteside County Jail on a $30,000 bond, and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 19.

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