RACINE — Two men face charges after allegedly breaking into R&D Executive, a men’s fashion store at 424 Main St., and stealing an iPad and a safe almost four weeks ago.
Benjamin A. Silver, 54, of the 900 block of Washington Avenue, was charged with two felony counts of burglary of a building or dwelling and two misdemeanor counts of theft.
Jermarel Ramon Cobb, 50, also of the 900 block of Washington Ave., was charged with a felony count of burglary of a building or dwelling and a misdemeanor count of theft.
According to a criminal complaint:
On May 1, officers were sent to R&D Fashion Executive on 424 Main St. for the front door being damaged.
Upon arrival, an officer met with two people who said they were walking past the business when they saw the glass door was damaged. The door was completely smashed out and a black tire iron was found along the exterior of the west wall. The business owner said that an iPad and safe containing various documents were stolen.
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An officer spoke to a woman who said she possibly saw the burglary in progress the previous night. She arrived at a parking lot near the business and saw two men looking through the west windows of the business. One of them approached her vehicle and said they were “just using the bathroom,” and then the two quickly left.
Surveillance of the burglary showed the suspects enter the business at 10:45 p.m. A suspect then left a few minutes later before returning at 12:42 a.m. to steal more items. The suspect went behind the counter five times and can be heard saying “Where’s the safe?” in the video.
An investigator arrested Cobb for an unrelated matter, and Cobb provided a statement that he was involved in different burglaries around Racine, including the one at R&D Fashion Executive. He said he was with Silver and another suspect, who was not named in charging documents.
He said that Silver and the other suspect broke open the door with a screwdriver. A woman pulled up when he had a tire iron to bust the window out. He told the woman they were urinating and got back into their car and left.
Later, the three of them broke a window to gain entry, and they stole a safe and put it in a white sedan belonging to the other suspect. They gained entry to the safe and then dumped it in the river.
Both Silver and Cobb were given a $1,000 cash bond in Racine County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Silver has a preliminary hearing on Wednesday and Cobb has a preliminary hearing on Thursday, both at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave., online court records show.
Mugshots: Racine County criminal complaints, May 24, 2022
Today's mugshots: May 24
These are images of people charged with a crime in Racine County. Booking photos are provided by Racine County law enforcement officials. A defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty and convicted.
Julius Hunt, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, possession of THC, felony bail jumping, possession of drug paraphernalia.
Christopher A. Lingis
Christopher A. Lingis, Paddock Lake, Wisconsin, felony bail jumping (domestic abuse assessments).
David R. Milasuski
David R. Milasuski, 3300 block of 17th Street, Racine, physical abuse of child (intentionally cause bodily harm by conduct which creates a high probability of great bodily harm, domestic abuse assessments), disorderly conduct (domestic abuse assessments).
Angel Miramontes III
Angel Miramontes III, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, felony bail jumping.
Kari L. Pavia
Kari L. Pavia, 2400 block of Green Street, Racine, felony bail jumping, misdemeanor retail theft (intentionally take less than or equal to $500).
Benjamin A. Silver
Benjamin A. Silver, 900 block of Washington Avenue, Racine, burglary of a building or dwelling, misdemeanor theft.
Jordan T. Polack
Jordan T. Polack, 1200 block of Douglas Avenue, Racine, obstructing an officer.
Jose T. Andrade
Jose T. Andrade, 4000 block of 50th Street, Kenosha, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance, operate motor vehicle while revoked.
Dee N. Cobb
Dee N. Cobb, 3000 block of Durand Avenue, Racine, substantial battery (domestic abuse assessments), disorderly conduct (domestic abuse assessments).
Jermarel Ramon Cobb
Jermarel Ramon Cobb, 900 block of Washington Avenue, Racine, burglary of a building or dwelling, misdemeanor theft.
Melvin D. Davis
Melvin D. Davis, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, strangulation and suffocation, false imprisonment, misdemeanor battery, obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct, felony bail jumping.