DNA evidence links Racine man to theft of two rolls of quarters

RACINE (WITI) -- 44-year-old Richard Conley of Racine is accused of breaking into his neighbor's residence, stealing two rolls of quarters, and leaving DNA at the scene that linked him to the crime.

Conley, who has a lengthy criminal history including convictions going back to 1997, has been charged in this case with burglary of a building or dwelling, repeater.

A criminal complaint in the case says officers responded to a residence in the 2100 block of Romayne Avenue, where they spoke with a man who said someone had broken into his apartment after breaking and window, and had taken two rolls of quarters.

This apparently occurred while the man was gone at the store.

The complaint indicates blood was found on a fan that was in the windowsill that had been moved. The complaint says a screen on the window was removed.

Additionally, there was a wooden chair lying outside the man's apartment window - which may have been used to break the window, according to the complaint.

The complaint says a sample of the blood found on the fan was sent to the Wisconsin Crime Lab for analysis with an order to check any DNA located against the DNA database.

The complaint says the DNA located in the blood sample was matched to the DNA of Conley.

Conley's criminal history includes disorderly conduct, resisting/obstructing, burglary, operating a vehicle without owner's consent, bail jumping, traffic violations and a history of incarceration.

If convicted in this case, Conley faces a maximum of 12 years and six months in prison and a maximum of $25,000 in fines.