Racine police say a 24-year-old man is facing felony burglary charges after he broke into a home last month and tried to use his dad for an alibi.

Willie Warfield was charged Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of attempted burglary as a repeat offender. If convicted, he could face up to 6-1/4 years in prison and/or up to $12,500 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, officers were called Sept. 12 to a home for a reported burglary. When police arrived, witnesses say they saw a man – later identified as Warfield – climb through the window of a residents. One of the neighbors asked Warfield if he knew the people who lived there, and he said no then ran away.

Police say they were given a description of Warfield, and they were able to identify Warfield while he was nearby riding a bike. During questioning, Warfield denied breaking into anyone’s house and said his dad would verify that he’d been home.

Officers questioned Warfield’s father, but he said Warfield had not been home, the complaint reads.

Warfield was assigned a $20,000 cash bond during his initial appearance and will next be in court Nov. 3 for his preliminary hearing.

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