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Racine police say a 46-year-old Zion man is facing theft charges after he broke into a van and stole $2,000 worth of tools.
Darrin Mack was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor charge each of theft, movable property; entry into a locked vehicle; and criminal damage to property. If convicted, he faces up to 2-1/2 years in jail and/or up to $30,000 in fines. Because each charge is listed as a repeat offense, Mack could get extra time tacked onto any sentence he might receive.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called at 10:20 p.m. Feb. 15, 2013 to the parking lot of Castle Lanes, 5615 Castle Court, for a report of a theft out of a van parking at the bowling alley. Police report that a window was broken, there were pry marks on a door, and dried blood on the same door.
Officers say they were unable to retrieve any fingerprints at the scene, but they did obtain samples of the blood left behind and submitted it as evidence to the state crime lab.
Information returned from the lab indicated the blood was a match for Mack, the complaint reads. Despite being on Wisconsin probation and parole supervision, Mack was incarcerated in Illinois and denied having any involvement of the theft.
The victim’s insurance company confirmed the total amount of the loss was just over $2,000.
A $1,500 warrant was issued March 3 for Mack’s arrest, and he was in court Friday for his initial appearance. Mack remains in the Racine County Jail on a $1,500 cash bond.
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