Follow Us

Racine police say a 36-year-old man is facing felony theft charges after he stole over $1,200 worth of tools from Home Depot last December.

William Acker, of Milwaukee, was charged Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of retail theft. If convicted, he faces up to 3-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines.

According to online court records, Acker had to be transported to Racine from the state’s Dodge Correctional Facility to attend his court date. He plead guilty last February to two felony counts of robbery of a financial institution after he robbed a Tri-City National Bank branch last January in Milwaukee. He was sentenced to nine years on each count to run concurrently; five of which are extended supervision.

Racine police say Acker and another man on Dec. 27, 2015 went to the Home Depot on Highway 31 and stole $1,255 worth of tools. Store security video clearly depicts Acker putting boxes of tools in a cart, leaving the store without paying and loading the boxes into the back of a dark-colored SUV.

Acker also stole items from the Home Depot in Franklin, the complaint reads, and a contractor told investigators that he’d fired Acker a few days before the Franklin incident for stealing tools from job sites and trying to sell them.

Court records from the Milwaukee County case state that Acker is homeless, and he was represented by a public defender.

He was booked into the Racine County Jail and assigned a $200 cash bond. Acker is next due in court here July 13 for his preliminary hearing.