A man from Winthrop Harbor, IL, is facing a felony burglary charge after Caledonia police say he and another man tried to steal a water heater and other metal piping from the vacant 7-Mile Motel earlier this month.
Charles Mooney, 32, was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of burglary. If convicted, he faces up to 12-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $25,000 in fines.
Jacob Elder was charged in this case on Oct. 11 and paid his $500 cash bond on Oct. 16. He will next be in court Dec. 1 for a pre-trial conference.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called Oct. 6 to 7-Mile Motel for a report of a fire alarm. When officers arrived, though, they found a truck and observed a man – later identified as Elder – running from the scene.
The door to the pump room was open, and the water heater plus other piping had been removed. Burglary tools and copper pipes were found in the truck in plain view, officers said, and a neighbor provided a photo of a man running from the scene taken with a trail camera.
When Elder called the police to retrieve his truck, officers questioned him and showed him the photo of the man running from the scene, the complaint continues. Elder identified the man as Mooney and told police that Mooney ran because he has a long criminal record.
The complaint against Mooney lists several convictions in Illinois.
Mooney remains in the Racine County Jail on a $1,000 cash bond. He’ll next be in court Nov. 1 for his preliminary hearing.