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A Racine man is being held on a $5,000 signature bond after he stole an amplifier from St. Paul’s Missionary Baptist Church.

A second man is also a suspect, but his name was not mentioned in the criminal complaint.

Bernard Childress, 54, of Racine, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with burglary of a building and misdemeanor theft. If convicted of all charges, Childress faces up to 19 years three months in prison and/or fines up to $35,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Racine Police were called to a report of a burglary that happened at 8:45 p.m. Jan. 19 at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 1120 Grand Ave.

Surveillance footage at the church showed two men — Childress and another unnamed suspect — walking upstairs and into the sanctuary. The two took an amplifier valued at about $300.

The pair had entered the church just after a cleaning crew had left the building.

Childress is being held at the Racine County Jail on a $5,000 signature bond, which was set Friday by Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.



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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.