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Racine police say a 21-year-old man is facing felony identity theft charges after he admitted stealing his friend’s bank card to support his heroin habit.
Michael Jenkins was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with two felony counts of identity theft for financial gain. If convicted, he faces up to 12 years in prison and/or up to $20,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, a woman told officers that Jenkins took her bank card without her permission and used it to withdraw cash totaling $60 from machines at two different gas stations. The two were friends and traveling together and stopped at the stations, one on Douglas and one on Main Street.
Police say Jenkins asked the woman if she had any change, and when she said he could get it out of the car, he took her bank card instead. When they questioned him, Jenkins admitted to taking the woman’s card to get cash to support his heroin habit.
Jenkins was still in the Racine County Jail on a $750 signature bond as of Monday evening. He will next be in court Nov. 16 for his preliminary hearing.