Racine police say a 42-year-old Sturtevant man is facing felony burglary charges after he allegedly stole a bike from the porch of a home in Racine.
Paul Braun was charged Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of burglary to a dwelling, party to a crime; two felony counts of bail jumping; and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. If convicted, he faces over 25 years in jail and/or up to $55,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, Racine police were called at 1:50 p.m. Sunday to a home in the 1900 block of Taylor Avenue for a report of a bicycle stolen off the porch of a home there. When officers arrived, a man told them he’d been sitting in his living room when he heard a noise on the porch and discovered a man – later identified as Braun – standing there.
Police say Braun took off running and the man – who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease – gave chase. The man told officers that as Braun ran south down an alley toward Jerome Avenue, he noticed a black Volkswagen with the license plate of LTTLRED parked in the alley. Braun ran past the car, the man said, and the car followed him.
After zig-zagging down other streets and across yards, the man managed to tackle Braun as he attempted to jump inside the black VW, the complaint reads. The man told police that Braun did get inside the car, and the driver warned the man to let go or he would be dragged.
When the man returned home, he discovered his new bicycle had been stolen, but a second bike was still there. Police say the screen of one of the home’s doors was cut, which was probably how Braun gained access to the porch.
Officers caught up with the vehicle in the 1700 block of Grange Avenue and discovered Braun and another man who both denied knowing the other or about any bike theft, the complaint reads. When police asked to see both men’s cell phones, though, their stories fell apart because the call records indicated they’d called each other earlier that same day.
A search of the car turned up a pair of white cotton gloves and a yellow razor knife on the passenger side where Braun was sitting.
Braun remained in the Racine County Jail Monday night, according to online court records. He was assigned a $10,000 cash bond. He will next be in court for a preliminary hearing on July 24.
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