Mount Pleasant police say a 60-year-old man is facing felony charges after he rented a car for a month and didn’t return it.

Howard Nicks, of Racine, was formally charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with a single felony count of theft with a written lease of over $10,000. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and/or up to $25,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, Nicks rented a 2012 Ford Focus from Porcaro Ford, 6001 Washington Avenue for a period of April 24, 2014 until May 24, 2014. When the return date came and went and Nicks didn’t return the car, employees tried to call him and even went to his home.

Police say Nicks refused to return calls from Porcaro employees or to return the car even as late as June 9, 2014. The car was valued at $20,000, and employees called the police to make a report.

Online court records indicate a complaint was filed against Nicks August 22, 2014, and a $5,000 warrant was issued on Sept. 25 for his arrest after Nicks missed a court date. It would appear the car was recovered at some point because a victim’s restitution form was filed for $1,099.45, far short of the $20,000 value of the car.

Nicks did appear in court Friday, and the warrant for his arrest was canceled. He was assigned a $1,000 signature bond and will next be in court August 13 for his preliminary hearing.

 

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