… we have a small favor to ask. Thousands of people have placed their trust in the Racine County Eye’s high-impact journalism because we focus on solutions-based journalism.

With no shareholders or billionaire owners, we can provide trustworthy journalism that focuses on helping readers.

Unlike many others, Racine County Eye’s journalism is available for everyone to read, regardless of what they can afford to pay. We do this because we believe in information equality. Greater numbers of people can keep track of events, understand their impact on people and communities, and become inspired to take meaningful action.

If there were ever a time to join us, it is now. Every contribution, however big or small, powers our journalism and sustains our future. Support the Racine County Eye from as little as $5 – it only takes a minute. Thank you.

$
$
$

Your contribution is appreciated.

RACINE ⏤ Pieces of flesh and blood in a broken window led to the Racine County District Attorney’s office to file burglary and misdemeanor theft charges against a 47-year-old man.

Robert D. Petty Jr., whose address was listed as Minneapolis, was being held in the Racine County Jail as of Wednesday. 

He faces charges of burglary of a building or dwelling and two counts of misdemeanor theft. The charges carry a repeat offender enhancement penalty.

$
$
$

Your contribution is appreciated.

Criminal complaint

According to the criminal complaint, residents of a home on Beechwood Court in Wind Point called police to report an interrupted burglary the evening of August 17, 2018. 

The residents told police that they had been away for a little less than two hours. After they had returned home, they heard noises that sounded like someone moving around on the second floor. 

While one resident called police, the other walked upstairs and heard the sound of a breaking window and discovered two pillow cases in the hallway. The resident found the pillow cases to contain the residents’ belongings, including papers, coins, currency and other items. 

Disarray, window smashed

The resident then discovered that the home’s master bedroom was in disarray. They also discovered that someone had smashed out a window leading to the roof. A wallet, purse and tablet belonging to the residents were missing. 

Police later recovered those items during a search of the home’s yard.

Petty had entered the residence by removing two lower window screens at the back of the home, police determined. 

Investigators also found two pieces of human flesh on the lower track of the master bedroom window. They, too, found blood on broken glass and the home’s roof. Officers took the flesh and blood swabs into evidence.

Flesh and blood swabs lead to Petty

Police sent the flesh and blood swabs to the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory for testing. In August 2019, police received lab results indicating that the DNA profile obtained from the blood swabs matched the DNA of Petty. 

Petty was on community supervision at the time of the break-in.

According to online court records, the court issued a warrant for Petty’s arrest on Sept. 6, 2019. The records don’t indicate when or where police apprehended Petty. 

Initial appearance

Petty made an initial appearance in Racine County Circuit Court on the charges Wednesday. 

During that appearance, the court set his cash bond at $1,000. 

Petty will next appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 23.

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Also in the News

Theft Apparent Motive in Rannow Homicide

RACINE –  The theft of a video gaming system by a suspect with a “recognizable gait” was behind the August 12 homicide of Rebecca Rannow, 41, according to a criminal complaint issued by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Friday. Montreal D. Greer, 39, of the 1100 block of Yout Street, was charged with […]

Lake Michigan Pathway Reopens

Just north of North Beach and east of the Racine Zoo is informally known as “Zoo Beach.” Nearly a year ago, the Lake Michigan Pathway faced closure. This pathway runs alongside Zoo Beach. Due to significant lakefront erosion, the Lake Michigan Pathway was deemed unsafe by the City of Racine Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services.  However, the bike/walking path segment behind the […]

UPDATE: Police arrest homicide suspect in Rebecca Rannow murder

UPDATE: Officials with the Racine Police Department arrested a man in the murder of Rebecca Rannow, who was found dead in her home in August. Montreal D. Greer, 40, of Racine, faces a first-degree intentional homicide charge. The Racine County District Attorney’s Office has not officially charged Greer. He has been in custody at the […]

Advertising disclosure
To support our site and content, we work with partners to present valuable offers to help you save, earn, and get ahead. We may be compensated for the purchase of goods and services made through the links in this offer program.
Offers for you
Curated offers for our readers
advertiser disclosure
CodeMonkey
Coding for kids! Introducing programming games for the next generation. Get your kids coding today.
Start with a free trial.
Start with a free trial.

Get your students coding in no time!

CodeMonkey is a fun and educational game-based environment where kids learn to code without any prior experience. After completing CodeMonkey's award-winning coding courses, kids will be able to navigate through the programming world with a sense of confidence and accomplishment.

Kids will love learning to code with CodeMonkey

  • Ready to Go Courses. With CodeMonkey’s teacher kit and support team, anyone can teach the basics of computer science.
  • Real Coding Languages. CodeMonkey's courses teach text-based coding so students learn to program like a real developer.
  • Game-Based Learning. Kids learn coding in an engaging and rewarding environment that utilizes gaming elements.

Free Trial - Enjoy a full-blown gaming experience that will teach your kids to code!


Paul Holley is retired from careers in journalism, public relations and marketing but not from life. These days, he pretty much writes about what he feels like writing. You may contact him directly at:...