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RACINE – A 40-year-old Racine man faces 14 criminal charges for his role in taking a car and using a credit card that did not belong to him.

Richard Earl Davis was charged Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court with two felony counts of operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent, two felony counts of theft, two misdemeanor counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, a misdemeanor count of criminal damage to property and seven misdemeanor counts of bail jumping.

The four felonies carry a total fine of $55,000 and 28 years in prison. The misdemeanors carry a total fine of $100,000 and seven years, five months in county jail.

Davis made his initial court appearance Thursday.

According to the criminal complaint:
An officer with the Racine Police Department responded July 6 to the Sprint store, 2500 S. Green Bay Road, for a report of theft. A woman told police that Davis had broken her cell phone earlier in the day. The woman further stated that she and the defendant had been in an on-and-off relationship for the past 10 years.

The woman told police that Davis had attempted to use her debit card, but those transactions were denied, and he became angry. When he returned to the residence, he slammed her phone on the table and then drove her to the Sprint store.

After the woman allegedly refused to buy him a new phone, he got into her vehicle and left.

Davis allegedly completed two unauthorized transactions totaling $328.24. The woman stated he also had keys to both of her cars that had a total value of $24,000. A neighbor told police they saw Davis get into the second vehicle and drive away.

Police filed the bail-jumping charges because Davis was free on bond in a separate case and had been ordered to not engage in further criminal acts.

Davis is due back in court for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Sept. 13.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.