Citizens of a Canadian town thought that the police department was pulling a great April Fool's Day prank until they realized it was something that actually had happened the day before the pranky holiday.

Officers in Brandon, Canada last week after a man stole some merchandise from a business on Victoria Avenue in the Manitoba city, according to a press release from the Brandon Police Service.

Police investigating the incident said that when an employee confronted the shoplifter, the shoplifter grabbed a Mr. Solid brand chocolate bunny and hit the employee with it. The bunny's are only available in Canada.

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Hershey's Canada

It's a true sign that Easter is just around the corner.

While it isn't totally clear how the suspect hit the victim with the bunny, looking at the thing, he'd probably have the most leverage with the ears.

The accused shoplifter got away after running, but he was found nearby, still in possession of the stolen merchandise, the press release says. All items were returned to the store.

After his arrest, the man was released from custody and is expected to show up to his court date for charges of assault and theft under $5,000.

"This is NOT an April Fool's Day joke," police said in their news release.

"The weapon that the 27-year-old male suspect used was less than typical from what employees would normally see or be assaulted with. But it doesn't change the fact that this employee was still injured as a result of just trying to do their job," Sgt. Kirby Sararas, the public information officer for the department, told CBC.

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