by Heather Asiyanbi

Good looking out by a neighbor helped police nab a 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old friend for allegedly trying to break into a vacant home.

Kadeem Rhoades, 16, of Mount Pleasant, was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with a single felony count of attempted burglary of a dwelling. If convicted, he faces up to six year, three months in jail and/or up to $12,500 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called Oct. 28 by a neighbor who said they saw two male subjects casing a home in the 1900 block of Wustum Avenue. The witness told officers the house was vacant because the previous occupant had passed away.

When the boys saw the neighbor, they left the area. Police say the witness later was sitting in their dark living room watching the house when the boys returned a short time later. They went around to the back and were there for several minutes, leading the neighbor to suspect they were trying to break into the home. The witness called 911 and relayed what was happening to dispatch as it was occurring.

Officers who arrived on the scene found the house secure with a distinct film of dirt on the windowsills, the complaint reads, except for clear finger smudges on the sills of three windows. Police dusted for prints, but came up empty so they assumed the suspects were wearing gloves.

Police say they caught up with the boys and their clothing matched the description provided by the neighbor. The younger teen was wearing a blue latex glove while another was seen hanging out of his back pocket. He also had a machete in his backpack.

During questioning, both Rhoades and the other boy admitted they tried to get inside the house by pushing open windows and that the machete was just a tool they were using to gain access to the home, the complaint reads.

According to online court records, Rhoades remains in the Racine County Jail on a $1,000 cash bond. He will next be in court for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 12.

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