A national fingerprint database linked a 44-year-old Racine man to a burglary in July and led to a felony charge filed against him Monday in Racine County Circuit Court.

Theodore Kern faces a fine of $25,000 and 12 years, six months in prison if he convicted of the felony burglary charge.

According to the criminal complaint:
An officer with the Racine Police Department responded to a city residence, where he spoke to a woman who stated her garage had been entered, her car had been gone through, and her lawn mower had been taken.

Fingerprints from the scene were run through a database and came back connected to Kern.

Police spoke to Kern at the Racine County Jail, where he had been held on two theft from vehicle cases.

He denied that he had been in anybody’s garage, but stated he may have touched the victim’s vehicle when it was parked at Shopko.

Kern is due back in Racine County Circuit Court on Aug. 23 at 8:30 a.m.

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