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Two Racine residents face criminal charges for taking merchandise valued at more than $1,000 from Dollar General late last month.

Luther L. Burkman, 34, is charged with a felony count of retail theft, which carries a fine of $10,000 and three years, six months in prison. Also charged is Naieysha Perry, 24, who faces two misdemeanor count of theft and one count of possession of marijuana.

According to the criminal complaint:
An officer with the Racine Police Department was dispatched to the store, 4111 Durand Ave., July 20 for a report of a theft by an employee.

The officer observed video surveillance and saw Perry motioning merchandise over the counter as if she was scanning the items, which were then bagged. The second suspect, Burkman, was then charged $5. The two repeated the process a second time, and the total value of the stolen merchandise was $1,014.20.

Perry admitted to stealing the items. She said she had a rough patch at home and her “husband” came in three or four times to collect items like food, drinks, diapers, and socks. Perry stated she stolen more than $2,000 worth of items.

Police spoke to Burkman, who denied taking the items. He said every time he goes into the store, he paid for everything he purchased.

Burkman, who is in custody, will be back in court Aug. 16 for an 8:30 a.m. preliminary hearing. Perry is scheduled for a pre-trial conference Aug. 23 at 3:15 p.m.

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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.