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Former Racine police officer Paul Garchek is facing felony charges related to an alleged armed robbery last week and drug charges stemming from an incident last summer.
Garchek, 41, was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count each of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and armed robbery and one misdemeanor count each of obstruction and retail theft – removing an anti-theft device. If convicted, he faces up to 47-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $130,000 in fines.
According to his criminal complaints, Garchek was living in a sober/living facility in June 2013 when he tried to accuse another resident of stealing his medication. The defendant told his doctor about the theft, and the doctor wrote Garchek another prescription for Diazepam.
At the same, though, police say the director of the facility told them that Garchek had been asked to leave because they believed Garchek was using drugs. Several personal times – including a jacket – were left behind and a search of the jacket yielded baggies containing Trazadone, a generic form of Valium.
Garchek is also accused of stealing a television at 4:15 a.m. Friday from the Walmart Supercenter in Mount Pleasant. Store employees told police that Garchek removed two “spider” security devices from the TV while he was still in the electronics department. When he was walking out of the store with the TV he was confronted about not paying for the item, the complaint reads.
When an employee followed him out to his car, police say, Garcheck loaded the television into the vehicle. He displayed a handgun and told the employee, “It’s not worth it.” He drove away but not before the employee wrote down his license plate number.
Mount Pleasant police and officers from Racine PD caught up to Garchek by 5:15 a.m. at a home in the 3800 block of Lindermann Avenue where they set up a perimeter and urged Garchek to come out with his hands up. At 6:50 a.m. Garcheck surrendered without further incident.
Garchek remains in the Racine County Jail on a combined $11,000 cash bond. His preliminary hearing for these charges is Sept. 4.