Racine police say a 26-year-old man is facing felony charges after he entered an elderly resident’s garage and knocked him down then stole the man’s wallet.
According the criminal complaint, an elderly man on May 19 was working in his garage when another man – later identified as Wilson – ran in and knocked the man into a cabinet. The resident fell and cut his ear, and his glasses fell off his face.
Police say Wilson took the man’s wallet while he was down as well as his prescription glasses. Neighbors reported they saw Wilson exit the garage and toss the wallet in a nearby yard. The wallet was later recovered with $100 missing.
Based on witness descriptions of Wilson – including the kind of bicycle he was riding – and a neighbor’s surveillance video, investigators were able to identify Wilson as the perpetrator, the complaint reads. During questioning, Wilson claimed to be at two different relatives’ houses, but they told police a different story.
Wilson was already in the Racine County Jail on a $7,500 cash bail on charges of theft and marijuana possession with the intent to deliver as well as possession of Schedule IV drugs. That case was filed May 20, and onilne court records indicate his attorney filed a bond modification request on May 27.
His bond for the robbery and battery charges is an additional $10,000 and a second court date of June 15 for his preliminary hearing.