Mount Pleasant police say a 43-year-old Racine man admitted to stealing liquor from Pick ‘n Save on at least two occasions to support his heroin habit.

Charles J. Phillips Monday had his initial appearance postponed until Tuesday because his defense attorney didn’t have a copy of the complaint against his client. Two charges of misdemeanor retail theft were filed against Phillips Monday. If convicted, he faces up to 18 months in prison and/or up to $20,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, Phillips was seen on store surveillance from Pick ‘n Save, 2820 S. Green Bay Road, on both Oct. 28, 2014 and Oct. 31, 2014, stealing quantities of liquor. When police responded last January to the same store for a report of retail theft, Phillips was taken into custody, and charges were filed against him in Racine County Circuit Court.

Police say they interviewed Phillips at that time about the October thefts, and he admitted to both of them plus an additional crime. Phillips told officers he was stealing to support his heroin habit.

Phillips remains in the Racine County Jail on a $250 bond for the January case, down from the $1,000 cash bond originally assigned to him. He will be in court Tuesday for his initial appearance on the new charges.

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