Officers with the Racine County Metro Drug Unit say a 30-year-old man stole money last summer from them when he was acting as a confidential informant during a drug investigation.

Gary Geren, of Racine, was charged Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor count of theft of moveable property. If convicted, he faces up to nine months in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines. Because he is considered a repeat offender, he could have more time tacked on to any sentence he might receive.

According to the criminal complaint, Geren on August 4, 2015, was given $200 to make a controlled heroin buy from the subject of a drug investigation in the parking lot of the Kwik Trip on East Frontage Road near I-94. He was in the subject’s car for about five minutes, and when he returned to officers, he reported the subject sold him six to seven grams of heroin,

Officers say Geren handed them a foil wrapped package, but when police returned to the department and unfolded the foil, they found only a cigarette butt and ashes. They reviewed the audio of the drug buy and heard Geren telling the dealer, “Let me wrap something up … I’ll give him something so I get paid.”

The complaint against Geren was filed last December, but his court dates were postponed in part because he was in the hospital for unknown reasons, lack of transportation, and appointments with his physician. When he failed to appear in March, a warrant for his arrest was issued, and he was taken into custody at some point.

Geren remains in the Racine County Jail on a $5,000 cash bond. He will next be in court May 5 for his pre-trial conference.

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