Two men could face the rest of their lives in prison after Mount Pleasant and Racine police say they broke into a number of homes and stole a variety of items, including guns, electronics and cash.
James Knull, 23, was charged in May with participating in a series of burglaries between April 3 and April 15 and is scheduled to go to trial December 1, online records indicate.
Police say Isaha Walker, 22, was Knull’s partner-in-crime. He was formally charged Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court with six felony counts of burglary; six felony counts of bail jumping; one felony count of theft; and six counts of misdemeanor bail jumping. If convicted, he faces up to 87-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $315,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, Knull and Walker broke into at least six homes in Mount Pleasant and Racine, stealing a list of items that include at least two guns, a machete, a knife, electronics, and cash. Knull was apprehended after one person’s iPhone 5S connected to the person’s Google Plus account so police could track his movements.
Officers say they received a tip that identified both Knull and Walker as the suspects in the burglaries. Surveillance video from Speedway at Highway 31 and 21st Street further helped investigators identify them, and a search warrant was executed May 12 on a residence where both men were found with a quantity of stolen goods with them, including electronics and weapons. A storage unit held more stolen goods, and a search of Walker’s home turned up at least two items from the burglaries.
When police interviewed Knull, he told them he was the driver and Walker was the one who actually entered the homes, the complaint reads.
Neither the criminal complaint nor online court records indicate why Walker was not still in custody and was instead taken back into custody after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Walker is being held in the Racine County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond and will next be in court August 26 for his preliminary hearing.