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Video footage captured by a doorbell led to the arrest of a man accused of stealing items from several homes, said officials with the Racine and Caledonia police departments.

Willie Warfield, 30, of Racine, stole several high-ticket items in October and December 2021. Warfield is being held in the Racine County Jail on a $2,500 cash bond, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

According to the criminal complaint, Racine police responded on December 5, 2021, to a residence where a woman provided footage of a man lingering in her backyard from her Ring camera. In the video, the man, later identified as Warfield, got into a vehicle registered to his name and address in Caledonia.

At the same time, police said Caledonia officers were investigating burglaries for which Warfield was a suspect, so they conducted surveillance of Warfield’s home. On March 29, the officers saw Warfield leaving his home and commenced a traffic stop. They found marijuana in the vehicle. Warfield granted access to his house and admitted that police might find more marijuana there.

Officers found additional quantities of marijuana in several locations in Warfield’s home, a high-end camera, and an employer ID card for who turned out to be the camera owner. The total value of the recovered goods was estimated at more than $2,500, the complaint stated.

A search warrant was obtained to conduct a more detailed search of Warfield’s home. During the investigation, police found a luxury watch valued at more than $3,000, a PlayStation, trading cards, and high-end video game headphones belonging to the camera owner. Police said neither victim gave their consent for Warfield to enter their homes.

Warfield was charged with two felony counts of receiving stolen property valued at more than $2,500; one felony count of possession with the intent to deliver in or near a school; one felony count of maintaining a drug trafficking place; and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. Warfield’s drug charges carry more weight because his residence is less than 200 feet from a childcare center.

If convicted on all charges, Warfield faces just over 14 years in prison and/or up-to $41,000 in fines. He will next be in court for his preliminary hearing on April 6, 2022.

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