A 17-year-old Racine man allegedly stole a vehicle Saturday belonging to a Wisconsin Department of Corrections officer.

Emanuel Fonseca was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with a felony count of taking and driving a vehicle without owner’s consent, which carries a fine of $25,000 and six years in prison. He’s also charged with a misdemeanor count of theft, which carries a fine of $10,000 and nine months in county jail.

The criminal complaint indicates a second individual faces charges, but those hadn’t been filed as of Monday.

According to the criminal complaint: Racine police responded to a residence and were told by the victims their 2017 Chevrolet Cruz had been stolen from where it was parked around 9:30 p.m. The victim stated her DOC uniform jacket, duty belt and badge were in the vehicle.

Using the vehicle’s tracking system, the vehicle was located heading northbound on I-94 with Fonseca driving and the other defendant in the passenger seat. The missing items were not recovered.

Police spoke to the passenger, who stated he went to Fonseca’s home and noticed the vehicle. Mosley asked him to go to Milwaukee for the night, which is where the two were heading when they were stopped.

Fonseca stated he could not recall any of the events that happened, but admitted he did not know the owner of the vehicle he was driving.

The defendant made his initial appearance in court Monday and is due back for a preliminary hearing Dec. 5 at 8:30 a.m.

Rex Davenport

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