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Caledonia police say an 18-year-old Racine man is charged with misdemeanor retail theft after he tried to get away from Pick ‘n Save with a bottle of liquor he didn’t pay for.

Joshua Gilgenbach was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with a single misdemeanor count of retail theft. If convicted, he faces up to nine months in jail and/or up to $10,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, officers were called Wednesday to Pick ‘n Save on Douglas Avenue for a report of retail theft. When they arrived, store personnel said a man – later identified as Gilgenbach – was seen taking a bottle of liquor and walking through the store with it. When Gilgenbach passed the last point of purchase, the bottle was no longer visible, but employees say the defendant had a bulge in his coat.

Security personnel tried to detain Gilgenbach, but he took off running. While he was fleeing, police say he discarded his sweatshirt and a bottle and tried to hide in a wooded area. Caledonia police cornered Gilgenbach and took him into custody.

The defendant was assigned a $500 signature bond during his initial appearance Friday and will next be in court for a pre-trial conference on Oct. 16.

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