Police tracked an iPad burgled in early December, and thus a burglary, from Mount Pleasant into Racine after burglars stole the device and jewelry during a home invasion.
Jermaine Conner, 40, and Leroy D. Williams, 27, both of Racine, were recently charged for the crime.
Mount Pleasant Police responded to the 4800 block of Copperleaf Boulevard in Mount Pleasant Dec. 10, 2016, to find the back door broken in with enough force to take of the wood trim, according to a criminal complaint.
Shoe prints were found in the kitchen, one of them showing the word Adidas, and fingerprints were lifted from glass cabinets.
The victim told police an iPad, a flat screen T.V. and watches were stolen from the home. Police then used the victim’s phone to track the iPad to the Arcade Apartments on Main Street in Racine, according to a criminal complaint.
It snowed several inches the night of Dec. 10, and the next day police tracked the iPad to 10th Street and Villa Avenue. An officer noticed the only vehicle there, “Not completely covered in snow,” was a red Toyota Corolla registered to Jermaine Conner.
Three days later Conner and the Corolla were pulled over. Police found two crowbars in the trunk. Also, a passenger in the car was identified as having an address the iPad had been tracked to. Police searched the address, where they found a plastic bag containing baggies of marijuana and the watches. The resident, who was also the passenger in the car, denied knowledge of the items and said Conner must have left them there, the complaint said.
When Police questioned Conner, he said he loaned his car to Williams the night of the burglary and Williams gave Conner the watches as compensation for borrowing the car. Conner’s girlfriend told police he tried to give her a flat screen T.V., but she refused assuming it was stolen.
On Jan. 11, police executed a search warrant at a residence on the 1000 block of Villa, where they located the television. They also found a room with Williams ID card and a pair of Adidas shoes, a witness confirmed they were his shoes. That same day, Williams was flagged trying to pawn two of the watches stolen from the Mount Pleasant home.
Both men were charged with burglary. Conner was additionally charged with possession of burglarious tools and Williams with felony bail jumping.
Williams is being held on an $18,000 bond and Conner on a $2,500 bond. They’re preliminary hearings are scheduled for Feb. 2.