A report of a burglary in progress Monday in the Village of Mount Pleasant led to six criminal charges being filed Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court.

Shane Michael Grell, 26, Mount Pleasant, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct and three felony counts of bail jumping.

The bail-jumping charges each carry a $10,000 fine and six years in prison. The misdemeanors carry a total fine of $21,000 and one year, nine months in county jail.

According to the criminal complaint:
The Mount Pleasant Police Department responded to 5920 16th St. for a possible burglary. The caller stated he heard glass breaking and it sounded as if someone was attempting to break into the apartment below his.

Police spoke to Grell, who stated that someone attempted to break into his house, but he did not know who. He also stated that no one was inside, and eventually informed police that he believed the “burglar” was a crack addict.

When police tried to get Grell to identify himself, he refused to do so. When police found an
identification card in the apartment, Grell grabbed an officer’s arm and ripped it away from his body. Grell was taken into custody.

The defendant eventually told police he was locked out of his apartment and broke the window to gain entry. He said he lied because he was scared. After the handcuffs were removed, he began to shout obscenities at his landlord and police and was taken back into custody.

Court records indicate that Grell has a pending case in Racine County, and as a condition of his bond was ordered not to commit any new criminal offenses, which led to the felony bail-jumping charges.

Grell will be back in court Oct. 10 for an 8:30 a.m. preliminary hearing.


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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.