Originally Posted Online: Jan. 17, 2013, 10:54 pm
Last Updated: Jan. 22, 2013, 5:02 pm

Rock Island man accused of breaking into home, stealing $6.10

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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com

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Randy Eckert, 63, of 1911 1/2 21st St., Rock Island

A substitute teacher is scheduled to go to trial Feb. 19 on a residential burglary charge after police say he broke into a home in his Rock Island neighborhood and stole $6.10 in change.

Randy Eckert, 63, of 1911 1/2 21st St., appeared in court Thursday, out on bond, wearing a navy blue suit and seeming contrite.

"I feel embarrassed to even be here," he told Judge F. Michael Meersman.

Mr. Eckert is accused of entering a neighboring home at about 1 a.m. Sept. 30 through the front door, said Rock Island Deputy Police Chief Jason Foy.Once inside, Mr. Eckert allegedly took money from a change jar. The female resident was home at the time and claimed to see Mr. Eckert inside her house, Deputy Chief Foy said.

Police responded to the scene and arrested Mr. Eckert shortly after. Court records at the time of his incarceration indicated he was a teacher for the Moline school district. Moline school officials said he has worked as a substitute teacher at many districts throughout the area and is not a member of the Moline faculty.

Attorney Jeffrey Neppl told Judge Meersman Thursday that he was optimistic the case would be settled quickly. Mr. Eckerthas a pre-trial conference scheduled Feb. 1.