Surf and turf theft leads to arrest and felony charges

Two Racine men are accused of treating themselves a surf-and-turf meal during a burglary last week at a local supermarket.

John L. Murphy, 47, and Joshua Kosterman, 42, were charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with a felony count of burglary that carries a fine of $25,000 and 12 years, six months in prison.

Murphy also faces a misdemeanor charge of bail jumping, which carries a fine of $10,000 and nine months in county jail

According to the criminal complaint: An investigator with the Racine Police Department was dispatched to the Camiceria La Huasteca Supermarket, 1501 Martin Luther King Drive, where the owner stated that surveillance footage from 1:52 a.m. showed the two defendants enter the meat cooler unit and take $1,031 worth of steak and shrimp.

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John L. Murphy

The owner said she recognized Murphy as the man she hired the previous day to fix the building’s air conditioning unit. The video also showed Murphy manipulating security cameras and the alarm system.

Police arrested Murphy when he returned to the supermarket that night.

He admitted to the burglary and identified Kosterman as the other individual involved. Murphy is due in court for a preliminary hearing Oct. 17 at 9 a.m. Kosterman’s court appearance was not listed in records.

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