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Man charged with church burglary
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A 24-year-old Platteville man faces two felony charges and a misdemeanor theft charge in connection with a break-in at Platteville United Methodist Church Jan. 4.

Jonathan W. Morehead is charged with criminal damage to religious property, burglary — building or dwelling, and misdemeanor theft. All have repeater sentence enhancers.

Morehead is free on $1,000 signature bond after his first appearance in Grant County Circuit Court in Lancaster June 13. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 1. He faces a maximum sentence of 16 years 3 months in prison and $45,000 in fines, plus an additional 12 years in prison with the repeater allegations, if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Platteville United Methodist Church was broken into through a nursery window Jan. 4, an office window had been broken and an xBox video game controller had been stolen.

According to the criminal complaint, Morehead went to the church Feb. 17, admitted to the burglary, and gave an xBox One to replace the stolen xBox.

Morehead was convicted of forgery, forgery — uttering and misdemeanor theft in 2009, forgery and six counts of misdemeanor theft in 2011, and eight counts of misdemeanor theft in a separate case in 2011, according to court records.