Mount Pleasant police say a former church employee is facing burglary charges after he broke into Fellowship Baptist and stole $55.

Richard Kiern, of Racine, was charged Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of burglary. If convicted, he faces up to 12-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $25,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, officers were called Nov. 14 to the church, 5607 Wright Avenue, for a report of a burglary. When police arrived, a church employee told them that two offices had been broken into by breaking the glass. The suspect took $5 in change and an additional $50 that was in two envelopes.

Officers say church surveillance video depicts Kiern – a former church employee – breaking into the offices. The church employee told police that Kiern was let go from the church because he was suspected of past theft incidents.

Kiern was located Nov. 21 and taken into custody without incident at the Speedway at Ohio Street and Washington Avenue. He remains in the Racine County Jail on a $500 cash bond and will next be in court Dec. 7 for his preliminary hearing.

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