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Racine police say a 39-year-old man who knew a relative’s home was unoccupied used it as his home without permission and is now facing charges.

Peter Timpano was charged Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor of criminal trespass. If convicted, he faces up to nine months in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines. Because he is tagged as a repeater, a judge has the discretion to tack on my time to any sentence Timpano might receive.

According to the criminal complaint, relatives on March 29 visited a home in the 1600 block of St. Clair with a contractor to address some work needed in the house. When they arrived through back door, they say they thought they heard a noise so they called police.

When officers arrived, a K9 searched the home and didn’t find anyone. Police say it appeared entrance was made through the basement window and the suspect – later identified as Timpano – fled the home through the front door, which he left open.

Relatives told police they suspected Timpano because he knew the house was empty even though he was supposedly living with another relative. Soda bottles, food wrappers and items of clothing were located in the home that didn’t belong to the house’s owner, the complaint reads. Relatives said Timpano did not have permission to break in or stay in the home, and they wanted to prosecute.

Timpano remains in the Racine County Jail on a $5,000 cash bond. He will next be court April 30 for a pre-trial conference.