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An investigation into a theft from a Mount Pleasant grocery store led police to a theft of a vehicle and other charges being filed Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court against a 20-year-old Racine man.

Trevon J. Bunck was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with two felony counts of driving or operating a vehicle without an owner’s consent, and misdemeanor counts of retail theft and obstructing an officer.

The felonies each carry fines of $10,000 and three years, six months in prison. The misdemeanors each carry fines of $10,000 and nine months in county jail.

According to the criminal complaint:
A Mount Pleasant police officer responded Nov. 27 to the Piggly Wiggly, 5201 Washington Ave., for a retail theft in progress. The officer spoke with a loss prevention officer, who said she detained a man for taking a bottle of liquor. Bunck had entered the store with the man and appeared to be the lookout.

Bunck fled in a vehicle that police later learned was stolen. A Racine police officer located the vehicle Tuesday on 13th Street at South Memorial Drive. The defendant, who was a passenger, attempted to flee, but he was taken into custody.

The driver picked Bunck and another male up in a different vehicle the defendant had been operating, which turned out to be stolen but he asked him to drive. He believed Bunck had been driving the vehicle for several weeks.

Bunck told police he borrowed the vehicle from a friend of his and denied knowing it was stolen. The defendant made his initial appearance in court Thursday afternoon.

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