Racine police say a 21-year-old man is facing theft charges after he stole his ex-girlfriend’s cell phone and sold it at a local gaming store.

Austin Gandee, of Racine, was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor count each of encumbered property as a party to a crime and misdemeanor theft. If convicted, he faces up to 18 months in jail and/or up to $20,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police August 16 were called to Game Stop in Regency Mall for a report of a stolen phone. When officers arrived, a woman told them she had recently broken up with Gandee and he’d stolen her phone Aug. 9 while he was moving out and had friends helping him.

Police say the woman tracked the phone to Game Stop, and the manager there produced a form and receipt signed by one of Gandee’s friends. The manager told police that before they buy cell phones, they make the seller use an Apple ID, password and passcode, which Gandee’s friend provided. The paper showed a purchase price of $348.95 received by Gandee’s friend.

When officers questioned the friend, they told police they believed the phone belonged to Gandee, and he asked them to sell the phone for him. After the sale was complete, they gave the money to Gandee, the complaint reads.

He remains in the Racine County Jail on a $200 cash bond. Gandee will next be in court Oct. 27 for a pre-trial conference.

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