A 41-year-old Racine man faces two felony burglary charges for stealing cash from a Racine business three times since July. Each of the burglary charges filed Monday in Racine County Circuit Court against Jerrid B. Barber carries a fine of $25,000 and 25 years, six months in prison.

Barber also is charged with a misdemeanor count of theft, which carries a fine of $10,000 and nine months in county jail.

According to the criminal complaint:
A Racine police officer July 9 responded to Larsen Bakery, 3311 Washington Ave., for a report of a burglary. The owner stated that $100 was missing from the register, and when he checked the surveillance video, he discovered that Barber, a tenant of his, had entered the business the previous night and removed the cash.

The next day, police returned to the bakery in reference to a theft that occurred July 3.

A second owner of the business stated that she had placed $100 next to a printer, in a stack of paperwork, on her desk. The officer stated he reviewed video from inside the bakery, which showed the defendant entering the office and removing an item where the cash had been placed. Barber could be seen outside the office after everyone had exited, enter the building and then take the money.

Police located Barber on Sept. 22 and took him into custody. The bakery owner told police that one of his employees witnessed Barber forcing open the back door the Sept. 21, and exit about 15 minutes later with a plastic bag that contained unknown items and two kringles.

Barber is due in court Oct. 3 for an 8:30 a.m. preliminary hearing.

Rex Davenport

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