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Video from a doorbell system helped police find a man suspected of burglarizing one home and attempting to burglarize another.

William Latarus Vinson, 45, of Racine, is charged with attempted burglary, burglary and bail jumping for the April 21 incidents.


According to the criminal complaint filed in Racine County Circuit Court, Vinson’s image was captured on a RING doorbell security camera around 4 a.m. The video showed him peering into the window of a home in the 1200 block of Blaine Avenue. The video shows him opening the storm door and pausing before abruptly stopping and leaving the area.

The homeowner believed her dogs scared the man off.

That afternoon, police were sent to a home in the 3400 Block of Wright Avenue, about three blocks away from the other home. The residents said they believe they may have left a door unlocked the night before because in the morning they noticed a purse and set of car keys were missing from inside the home.

Vinson was arrested on April 2, after someone found him lying in the backyard of a home in the 3400 Block of First Avenue. He was wearing the same clothing as had been captured on video. Police found him with a lighter that had been stolen from the Wright Avenue home and determined that he was riding a bicycle that also belonged to the people who lived in that home.

Vinson is in custody on a $10,000 cash bond. He is due in court May 23 for a preliminary hearing.

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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.