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Mathias WilliamsRacine County Court Commissioner Robert Goepel assigned a $2,500 cash bond to Mathias Williams for allegedly breaking into a store early Tuesday morning.

Williams, 18, of Racine, was apprehended by K-9 Dozer after he broke into Nick’s Supermarket, 1407 Superior St., and fled on foot through the neighborhood, according to his criminal complaint.

The defendant was charged Wednesday in Racine County Circuirt Court with burglary and resisting/obstructing an officer. If convicted, he faces up to 13-1/4 years in prison and/or up to $35,000 in fines.

Racine Police responded at 1:33 a.m. Tuesday to a call of Williams smashing a window and grabbing products from the store. Williams fled the area on foot through several neighborhood yards. After establishing a perimeter around the area, Racine Police — along with K-9 Dozer — tracked Williams down and found him hiding in the bushes in the backyard of a residence in the 1400 block of Superior Street.

Police noted Williams appeared intoxicated because his speech was slurred, and his eyes were bloodshot. Officers located along William’s flight path a bag of coins containing about $1,600 and plastic container for cancer victims with $300.

“K9 Dozer did make the apprehension of Williams, maintaining him until he was placed into handcuffs by officers,” according to the press release.

During the apprehension, Williams did sustain minor injuries. Rescue personnel checked him out. Williams refused medical attention, and he was taken to the Racine County Jail where he remains on a $2,500 cash bond.

Williams’ next court date is April 29 for a preliminary hearing.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.