Racine police say an 18-year-old man admitted to committing three burglaries earlier this fall at two different businesses.
Nicklas Laws, of Racine, was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with three felony counts of burglary and three misdemeanor counts of bail jumping. If convicted, he faces up to almost 40 years in prison and/or up to $105,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, the business owners of Lakeside Mini Mart and Villa Mobile Services on Sept. 21 and Oct. 21 as well as Sept. 23, respectively, reported burglaries at their stores. At both locations, the suspect entered through a rear door and stole a number of items including candy, condoms, energy drinks and cell phones.
Police say Laws was identified by a phone he left behind at Villa Mobile Services that he’d actually purchased there. The store owner used the pin assigned to the phone to pull up the defendant’s Facebook page.
Laws was seen on store surveillance with accomplices at both locations, but those subjects are not named in the criminal complaint against him. Laws was taken into custody Nov. 2 and during questioning, admitted he committed the burglaries, the complaint reads.
The defendant remains in the Racine County Jail on a $7,500 cash bond. Laws will next be in court Nov. 9 for his preliminary hearing.