An investigation into thefts at a Racine Dairy Queen led to a number of criminal charges filed Wednesday against a 17-year-old Horlick High School student.

Jesus Alvarez, who is charged as an adult, faces three felony counts of bail jumping, a felony count of possession with intent to deliver or manufacture marijuana and two misdemeanor counts of theft.

The bail-jumping charges each carry a fine of $10,000 and six years in prison, while the marijuana-related charge carries a fine of $10,000 and three years, six months in prison. The misdemeanors each carry a fine of $10,000 and nine months in jail.

In a separate complaint, Alvarez is charged with three additional felony bail-jumping counts, which each carry a fine of $10,000 and six years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint:
Police on May 3 spoke with the owner of the Dairy Queen, 3918 Durand Ave., who stated the defendant was seen on surveillance footage taking money out of two other employees’ purses the previous night. A total of $90 was taken.

Alvarez was interviewed at the school but advised he wanted an attorney. Police learned he was free on bond in another case, and as a condition of that bond was not to commit any new criminal offenses. So he was taken into custody. During a search, the officer noted he could smell the odor of fresh marijuana coming from the defendant.

Police found $25, a digital scale with marijuana residue and four individually wrapped baggies with marijuana that weighed 3.7 grams.

In the second complaint filed against the defendant:
As part of a $5,000 cash bond in a separate case, Alvarez was ordered to attend school. A check of attendance records showed he was truant from four class periods on April 9, from three on April 10 and for the entire day April 12.


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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.