Racine police say a 21-year-old man is facing up to six years in prison after he stole checks from a relative to support his heroin habit.

Zachary Moore was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of forgery and one misdemeanor count each of theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison and/or up to $20,500 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, officers were called Sunday to a home on the south side for a report of a man who was suicidal. When police arrived, they found Moore standing outside with a relative. Moore told them he was a heroin user and was upset because of family trouble. but he wasn’t going to kill himself. The relative told officers Moore was making statements about not being around anymore because he was going to cut his own throat and had a silver pocket knife.

Police say another family member told them that Moore stole checks from her and asked if officers could arrest him. While there was a police report taken, no charges were ever filed. The woman also said that Moore dropped something in the storm sewer when he saw police approaching.

When officers looked in the grate, they found a syringe and a rubber band, the complaint reads. Police searched Moore’s backpack and found the woman’s checkbook with checks made out to Moore for $800 plus the carbons for two additional checks for $300 and $400, respectively, also made out to Moore. The woman told police that she never made out any checks to Moore and never gave him permission to write checks.

Moore remains in the Racine County Jail on a $250 cash bond and is ordered to not have any contact with the relative from whom he’s accused of stealing. He will next be in court Sept. 28 for his preliminary hearing.

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