Racine police say a 56-year-old man who stole more than $200 in shaving items from Walgreen’s is also facing drug charges after officers found cocaine during his arrest.

Orlandus Powell, of Racine, was charged Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor count of retail theft and one felony count of cocaine possession. If he’s convicted, Powell could see more than four years in prison and/or up to $20,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called at 6:30 p.m. Sunday to Walgreen’s, 4801 Washington Avenue, for a report of shoplifting. When officers arrived, store personnel told them a man – later identified as Powell – was observed stuffing his pockets with a variety of men’s shaving items. Powell was seen on store surveillance removing items from shelves and concealing them in his sweatshirt.

Police say a store employee followed Powell past the last point of sale and outside. They also reported the license plate number to law enforcement, and officers were able to track down the owner of the car. That man asked officers, “I know why you’re here; CVS, right?”

Investigators said no, but asked if the man knew anything about Walgreen’s, the complaint reads. The man told police that he’d driven a man he only knows as Big Bro to Walgreen’s, and the man suspected Big Bro of stealing razors from that store because a package fell out of his shirt. When officers asked the man why he didn’t force Powell to get out of the car, the man said he wasn’t sure what to do so he just drove.

Powell was located at his home and questioned about whether or not he’d been at Walgreen’s. Police say he denied being at Walgreen’s and refused to allow officers inside his apartment to look around. Powell was determined to be the same person featured on Walgreen’s surveillance video so he was taken into custody.

During a search of the defendant, police found one plastic baggie containing a small amount of a substance the tested positive for cocaine, the complaint reads.

The total amount of the stolen shaving items was $233.65.

Powell remains in the Racine County Jail on a $500 cash bond and a state Department of Corrections hold for absconding. He will next be in court July 1 for a preliminary hearing.

 

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