Mount Pleasant police say a 20-year-old man from Racine had the means to flee from the scene of one of his alleged crimes, but he fell asleep instead.

Justin Kovach was charged in Racine County Circuit Court Monday with three felony counts of burglary and one felony count of possession of burglary tools. If convicted, he faces up to 41 years in prison and/or up to $85,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, officers were called Sunday to the 1100 block of Lawndale for a report of a man passed out behind the wheel of a pick-up truck. The caller advised dispatch that a lot of property belonging to the caller was in the back of the truck and the door to the shed was open.

Police say when they arrived, they attempted to wake the driver – later identified as Kovach – but say it wasn’t easy because he appeared to be under the influence of drugs. He was wearing a hoodie with the hood pulled up and a green ski mask underneath. Kovach admitted he had recently taken Xanax, and a search of his person turned up a utility knife and the keys to a riding mower.

Several residents contacted police about burglaries at their homes and detailed the items missing, including $6,000 worth of tools, a push mower and a riding mower. Some tools and the mowers were found in the back of Kovach’s truck.

The defendant remains in the Racine County Jail on a $400 cash bond and a $1,000 signature bond. Kovach will next be in court June 10 for his preliminary hearing.

 

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