The Racine Police Department has made 20 burglary related arrests over the past six weeks. A number of these arrests have resulted from citizens being good witnesses and quickly contacting the police. The below incidents highlight how citizens have assisted the police in some arrests.
July 12 -11:35 P.M. – St. John’s Nepomuk Church – burglary in progress. Officers responded and arrested Daniel Compton, 21 years of age, and a 16 year old juvenile at the scene. A pastor noticed a door open to the church and had quickly contacted the police.
July 22 – 7:30 P.M. – 1600 block Carlisle Ave – burglary in progress. A resident called the police when two juveniles attempted to enter her home. Based upon the residents description a 13 year old male was apprehended a few blocks from the home.
July 26 – 1:05 A.M. – 2800 block of Arlington Ave – burglary in progress. The resident called upon hearing a loud crash and watched the suspect until police arrived and arrested him several blocks from the home. Officers arrested 20 year old Donte Kidd for attempted burglary.
July 26 – 2:00 A.M. – 1600 Martin Luther King Dr. “Quick Stop Foods” burglary in progress. A witness heard the suspects breaking into the building and called the police. Officers arrested 29 year old Jimmy Cunningham just outside of the store and 37 year old Elsander Phillips inside of the Building.
August 12 – 10:45 P.M. “New Wave Video/Jackson Hewitt Tax” – 3721 Douglas Ave. burglary in progress. A witness heard the suspects on the roof and called the police. Officers responded and several individuals fled from the roof and the responding officers. Officers located and arrested 20 year old Jordan Neal on the roof of the building. A 16 year old juvenile was also apprehended as he fled from officers.
August 20 – 4:25 P.M. – 1819 State St.- closed Rico’s Pawn Shop – burglary in progress. Officers responded and arrested 44 year old Ronnie Jones after a brief foot chase and short struggle with officers. Several other suspects also fled on foot and were not located. An anonymous person had called and reported at least 3 people to the rear of 1819 State St. breaking into the business.
August 21- 9:40 A.M. Lindermann Ave. and Kentucky St. – suspicious persons. A witness saw suspects entering yards and attempting to enter a home in the1000 block of Orchard St. and 1000 block of Kentucky St. Officers stopped a vehicle based upon a witness’ description and arrested 20 year old Marcel Jones and 24 year old Oriona Richmond for attempted burglary.
August 23 – 6:30 P.M. – 3600 block of St. Clair St. – burglary. A witness saw a suspect enter an open garage, remove a bicycle and ride from the area. The witness followed the suspect for several block and the police were called. The police respond and 18 year old Larry Canady was arrested for burglary.
Despite these recent arrests the Racine Police Department believes additional burglary suspects remain active. A specific burglary trend, locations, time of day, mode of entry, has not been identified; however, residential burglaries typically occur during daytime hours and commercial burglaries typically during overnight hours.
Residents are reminded to keep all windows and doors locked when not at home and use deadbolt locks if possible. Keep overhead garage doors and service entryways closed and locked. Make sure first floor window air conditioners are securely installed. Turn on outside, and inside, lights during hours of darkness and home security or surveillance systems.
Residents and business owners are encouraged to report any suspicious vehicle, bicycle or pedestrian traffic. An officer’s initial response and subsequent investigation is aided by the most complete information possible. Note the clothing and physical description of suspicious persons and a suspicious vehicle’s make, model, color or license number. All suspicious activity should be reported to the Racine Police Department immediately by calling (262)886-2300. Emergency situations, a crime in progress, should be reported via 9-1-1.Share on Facebook