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Racine Police have two suspects in custody who were seen coming out of a Racine tavern, and officers say they found a short-barreled shotgun inside their car, according to a press release by the Racine Police Department.

But police believe the incident is isolated and not connected to the recent rash of armed robberies that have happened at a number of area businesses.

Conrese Williams, 42, of Racine, was arrested for possession of firearm by a felon, possession of short-barreled shotgun, and probation/parole hold. Willie C. Hayes, 57, of Racine, was arrested for possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a short-barreled shotgun.

According to a press release by the Racine Police Department, officers were patrolling the area due to a number taverns being robbed when they saw two men quickly exit the Rhino Bar, 1659 N. Main St. The two men got into a vehicle and fled the area.

A bartender told the officers about the suspicious behavior by the two men. When the officers conducted a traffic stop on the car in the 400 block of Hubbard St., just outside Kenny’s Bar, they detained Williams and Hayes.

Officers found a duffel bag and a short-barreled shotgun inside the car.

An investigation is ongoing, but both men were arrested and are in custody at the Racine County Jail. Police believe the incident is isolated and business owners should remain on alert with extra security precautions.

Police are reminding residents to report suspicious activity. If you have any information about this crime, please call the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at (262) 635-7756.

You may also contact Crime Stoppers at 262-636-9330, or by texting RACS plus the message to CRIMES (274637) and referring to Tipsoft I.D. #TIP417 with your text message.  

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.