Harry D. Exum, 58, Racine, was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with a felony count of burglary that carries a fine of $25,000 and 12 years, six months in prison.

According to the criminal complaint: An officer with the Racine Police Department responded Oct. 12 to R & B Grinding, 1900 Clark St., for a report of a burglary by an employee.

The complainant stated that a concerned citizen called the business at 2:15 p.m. to report they observed a male cut a window screen on the building and crawl through the window. The caller said they saw the male exit with a large item, later discovered to be a pressure washer, that he wheeled away while riding a bicycle.

Two other employees found Exum, who when confronted, left the stolen item and fled on his bicycle.

Police located the defendant on a front porch of a residence on Franklin Street. Exum reportedly told police, “There’s no reason for what I did. If I can apologize, I will. There was no reason for it. I missed work, then did something stupid.”

Exum is due back in court Oct. 24 for an 8:30 a.m. preliminary hearing.

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Rex Davenport

Rex Davenport is a reporter, editor and editorial project manager with more than 40 years of experience in newspaper, business magazines and other content channels.