RACINE — A Sturtevant man who burglarized a Racine tavern several months ago, and then was nabbed after police tracked his footprints in new-fallen snow, was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday.
Racine County Circuit Court Judge Charles Constantine also sentenced Kyle L. Kraft, 41, to three years on extended supervision for burglarizing Joey’s on Taylor, at 1863 Taylor Ave.
“You’re like a lot of people: when you’re sober, you’re terrific. When you’re not, you get into trouble,” Constantine said.
Racine police were called at about 3:32 a.m. Feb. 4 to the tavern for a burglary in progress. The back door had been pried open and footprints in the snow led away from it, according to a criminal complaint. Officers followed those tracks to a concrete bunker near the Park High School baseball field and spotted a foot sticking out from that bunker. There they found Kraft.
Officers found $264.25 on Kraft, plus a piece of Joey’s stationery and a fake $100 bill, according to police reports.
Kraft pleaded no contest on April 2 to burglary of a building and a misdemeanor bail jumping charge was dismissed.
Kraft apologized to Joey’s owners, his family, and to Constantine during Friday’s sentencing.
“I take full responsibility for it,” Kraft said during his sentencing hearing. “I finally realize I do need the help. I realize that all the problems in this county with drugs — I’m a part of that.”
Constantine handed down a slightly lighter sentence than lawyers in the case agreed to recommend.
Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Arn said he and defense attorney Brian Dimmer agreed that Arn
would recommend two years in prison plus five years on extended supervision and rehab.
Arn said Kraft’s case “provides a window here into the awful world of crack cocaine.”
Arn said Kraft smoked crack before he went out and burglarized Joey’s. He said Kraft burglarized the tavern so he could buy more crack.
Dimmer said they must “solve” Kraft’s drug problem to address his crimes.
“But it goes deeper than drug treatment,” he said. Dimmer said Kraft was assaulted as a child, which can result in victims experiencing mental health and drug problems in later years, “but no matter what happened in the past, you don’t break into bars. ... He needs to be held accountable, but he needs some help. This runs deeper than cocaine.”
Constantine also banned Kraft from having any alcohol and drugs, from frequenting Joey’s on Taylor and any other taverns and ordered Kraft to talk with a psychiatrist. He gave Kraft credit for 91 days already spent in jail.
Kraft has remained jailed on $1,000 cash bond since Feb. 5.
He is one of at least two men whom police are believed to have captured in a two-week span by tracking their footprints in the snow.