Racine police say a 19-year-old Racine man admitted that he broke into a friend’s home to steal medication while the family attended a special event.

Jacob Krueger was charged Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one count of felony burglary. If convicted, he faces up to 12-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $25,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called at 11:45 p.m. Sunday to a home in the 2100 block of Carmel Avenue for a report of a possible burglary. When officers arrived, a woman said she came home from a graduation to find an upstairs window open and her glass patio table shattered. A neighbor told the woman they’d seen Krueger on the roof of the woman’s home.

Police say the woman was with Krueger and had him check the home to be sure there wasn’t anyone still inside. When he left, she called 911 and told officers that she found a man’s polo shirt on her bed and an empty bottle of Xanax by the window. The prescription had just been filled and the woman said she not yet taken any.

When officers made contact with Krueger he denied being in the home, but then admitted that he’d used the patio table to get on the roof and through the window. When he exited the home, Krueger said he landed on the table and it broke, cutting him in several places, the complaint reads. He also said he took the Xanax, telling police, “They weren’t the bars, they were the little ones. I didn’t even get high; there were 25 little ones.”

Krueger remains in the Racine County Jail on $1,000 cash bond. He will next be in court June 24 for his preliminary hearing.

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