VERMILION COUNTY -- A Rossville family got a Halloween trick when they were looking for treats Wednesday night. Police are on the case after a man found a razor blade in his daughter's Halloween candy.
Kids hit the streets for Halloween treats, but James Fause said he saw something scary in 3-year-old Aubrey's bag of candy.
"We found a small razor blade," said Fause.
He said the candy looked like it had been opened. The blade wasn't actually inside the candy, but red tape on it was a red flag.
"I freaked out," said Fause. "I worried about it because my daughter could have gotten a hold of it and I wondered how could it have gotten in there?"
Fause had taken Aubrey to neighborhoods in Hoopeston and Rossville. People who live around there said they can't believe what happened in their own backyard.
"I can't imagine what kind of person who would do that," said Sherry Decker, of Wellington. "And to think we may have someone like that in Hoopeston or Rossville? Pretty upsetting."
"If somebody did it, they obviously wanted to hurt somebody," said Fause. "But I don't know if it came from somebody or if it's something from the factory."
Regardless of how the razor ended up there, people said it's a frightful sight.
"I think that's weird," said Decker. "It's almost like someone wants people to find out they did it."
"You just always heard stories about it happening in the big cities, but nothing like this," said Fause.
The police chief says they're taking this case very seriously. Officers sent the candy and the blade to the state's crime lab. Investigators will check for fingerprints and DNA. If police find out who did it, they could face up to 7 years behind bars.
ORIGINAL: 11:21 am
HOOPESTON -- Police are investigating a report from a 28-year old Rossville man who says he found a metal shard inside a candy wrapper collected by his daughter during Wednesday night's Trick-or-treating. Authorities say the packaging appears to have been opened and resealed with tape inconsistent with the original packaging.
The piece of metal was not inserted into the candy, but rather, just inside the wrapper. The evidence has been submitted to the Illinois State Police Forensic Lab for analysis.
Tampering with food, drugs or cosmetics is a Class 2 Felony in Illinois. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
Hoopeston Police Department
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Vermilion County Crime Stoppers
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