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Two men were charged Tuesday for burglary and possession of THC and drug paraphernalia, after fleeing the scene of the crime on foot.

Joseph D. Melnik, 30, of Racine, and Edward Rodriguez, 36, of Mount Pleasant, were charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with burglarizing a home. They were found with items stolen from the victim’s house, including laptops, jewelry, gift cards and an Ipod.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim came home, shortly before 2 pm, and heard men’s voices in her home and felt someone inside push the door back against her as she tried to open it. Before escaping out of a rear window, the suspects put the stolen items in bags owned by the victim, one reading “Sexy Hair” on the outside and the other a shopping bag with the victim’s name and address.

Police found Melnik walking on Shoreland Drive just south of Douglas Avenue with the bag reading “Sexy Hair,” which contained two laptops. He immediately told police he had “weed,” according the criminal complaint.

He also had the bag with the victim’s name on it, containing jewelry and gift cards.

Rodriguez was located at the southeast corner of Caledonia and South Street when Racine Police saw him. He dropped a laptop and a crack pipe when the officer approached him, and was later found to have the victims Ipod. 

Both men were charged with felony burglary. Melnik was also charged with possession of THC, Rodriguez with possession of paraphernalia.

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.