Mount Pleasant police say a 21-year-old man stole a woman’s wallet out of her car and used her credit card to buy a gaming session then tried to sell it on Craigslist.
James Day, of Mount Pleasant, was charged with a single felony count of identity theft and a misdemeanor count of fraudulent use of a credit card. If he’s convicted, he faces up to 6-3/4 years in prison and/or up to $20,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called at 11:30 a.m. July 24 to the 6300 block of Pheasant Creek Trail for a report of a stolen wallet out of a vehicle while the car was parked next to the home. A credit card that was in the wallet was used at Walmart to purchase a PlayStation gaming system for a total of $419.35. Store personnel gave officers a copy of the receipt for the purchase.
Police say store surveillance video depicts a white male – later identified as Day – wearing sunglasses and a hat and purchasing a PlayStation. He is also seen leaving the area in a white, four-door Chevy Impala with black rims. A few days later, officers on patrol saw the same vehicle and ran its plates, discovering it was listed to Day.
Officers on August 4 saw an ad on Craigslist for a PlayStation for $550 and a phone number for Jimmy. When investigators called the number, they negotiated a price and a location to meet, the complaint reads. At the meeting, Day presented the gaming system still in its original packaging and a receipt that matched the one provided by Walmart.
Day was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Racine County Jail. Police say they visited Day’s home and asked a relative to confirm his identity in photos taken from surveillance video. The relative positively identified Day in the photo and said that Day has a heroin addiction and they suspected he was stealing things because he would come home with electronics even though he doesn’t have a job.
Court Commissioner John Bjelajac assigned Day a $3,000 signature bond and ordered him to submit to random drug tests, including testing after each court appearance. Day will next be in court August 20 for his preliminary hearing.
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