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 A Racine woman is facing burglary charges after she allegedly stole $4,000 from a woman she worked for, according to the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Pauline Zamecnik, 34, was charged with a felony count of burglary of a room, repeater and felony theft-movable property. If convicted, Zamecnik faces up to 16 years in prison and fines up to $35,000.

Zamecnik has four prior forgery convictions dating back to 1999.

According to the criminal complaint, a Caledonia woman told a 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday police that she hired Zamecnik to do odd jobs around her property in the 6100 block of Four Mile Road and she took $4,000 from a locked safe.

Police noted that there were tool marks on the safe where someone tried to pry it open.

While on scene talking to the woman, Zamecnik called the woman and the woman turned the phone over to the police officer. Zamecnik told the officer that didn’t steal $4,000, but rather only $200.

Zamecnik the later told police she had only taken $1,000 out of the safe.

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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.