Racine police say a 31-year-old man is facing felony theft charges after he stole multiple pieces of jewelry from a family member to support his heroin habit.

Shane Barth, of Kenosha, was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with a single felony count of theft. If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman called at 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 18 to report some missing jewelry and that she believed Barth had taken the pieces over a period of a few weeks. She told police she first noticed two missing pairs of earrings during the summer and early fall, but thought she may have misplaced them. It wasn’t until she got serious about looking for them last week that she noticed a number of other items were also missing.

Police say Barth had access to the home because he lived there after moving back to Wisconsin from South Carolina and had a key so he could come and go as he pleased. A search through the state’s pawn shop database turned up a series of transactions between Barth and at least two stores in Kenosha. All told, Barth is accused of stealing:

  • 13 women’s rings made of a gold and variety of precious stones like diamonds
  • 2 women’s bracelets
  • 6 chain necklaces, some of them gold
  • 2 pairs of earrings
  • 1 sapphire charm
  • 1 men’s ring
  • Various tools

On Jan. 22, the woman phoned police again and said that Barth was at her home and willing to turn himself in, the complaint reads. During questioning, Barth admitted that he stole the jewelry to support his heroin habit that developed when taking pills stopped working.

Barth remains in the Racine County Jail on a $400 cash bond and is ordered to not possess or consume controlled substances and to not have any contact with the woman, her family or her residence. He will next be in court Feb. 11 for his preliminary hearing.