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Patrick Green homeless Walmart Employee
Patrick Green

A homeless Walmart employee has been charged with taking over $4,400 from his employer over the course of several months because he was homeless and living in their parking lot, he told police.

Patrick Green, 26, of Racine, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office Wednesday with theft from a business setting. If convicted of the charge, Green faces up to three years six months in prison and/or fines up to $10,000.

According to the criminal complaint, officials at Walmart, 3049 S. Oakes Rd., contacted the Mount Pleasant Police Department for a report of a theft by an employee. Green started working for Walmart on Feb. 2 as a teller. A computerized machine counts the cash in the teller drawers. It documented several large amounts of money missing from Green’s drawer. The total amount discovered missing was $4,446.59.

The officer arrested Green, who had lived in his car in the store’s parking lot. He told police he wasn’t able to afford much so he started taking the money in early February because he was behind in paying his bills. He would take the money and put it in his pocket, the complaint reads.

On March 6, the company was short $1,040.96 and on March 7, it was short $2,699.81.

“Green explained the total amount taken (was) no more than what (he) was claiming,” the complaint reads.

He knew what he was doing was wrong and he shouldn’t have done, he told police.

Green, who is being held at the Racine County Jail on a $5,000 signature bond, is due in court on a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. March 28.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.