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KonwentA Mount Pleasant man is accused of smashing a glass door and grabbing cigarettes from a Sturtevant gas station just days after another man had robbed the store, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Matthew Konwent, 37, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with burglary of a building and criminal damage to property. If convicted of both charges, Konwent faces up to 21 years three months in prison and/or fines up to $35,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Sturtevant Police received a report of an employee discovering a door smashed with a jack at 6:36 a.m. Sunday at Phillips 66, 8020 Durand Ave. No cash was taken, but a number of boxes of cigarettes were discovered missing.

A video from a surveillance camera showed that a truck and Konwent smashing the glass, entering the business and taking the cigarettes. Sturtevant police posted a photo of the suspect on their Facebook page and an investigator with the Racine Police Department contacted Sturtevant police to tell them that they had several burglaries at other gas stations the same night.

Racine Police positively identified Konwent as a suspect in two other burglaries at 1347 Lathrop Ave., and at 2731 Durand Ave.  Konwent hasn’t been charged in those burglaries. However, he was charged in two other burglaries on Sept. 18.

Konwent is being held at the Racine County Jail on a $2,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.

The burglary at Phillips 66 happened just days after another man robbed the same gas station.

Eric Eisel, 26, of Racine, was charged with robbery, obstructing an officer and two charges of child neglect. If convicted of all charges, Eisel faces up to 17 years, three months in prison and/or fined up to $80,000.

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.