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Mount Pleasant police say a 32-year-old woman stole $310.73 worth of goods from Kohl’s on two different dates last month after running the same scam in Kenosha.
Vanessa Piencikowski, of Kenosha, was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with two misdemeanor retail theft charges. If convicted, she faces up to 18 months in jail and/or up to $20,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, Piencikowki and another woman were seen August 18 and 19 on store surveillance video taking a number of items from the cosmetics area and placing them in a plastic Kohl’s bag. The pair make their way to customer service to return the items for store credit.
Police say during the return transaction, Piencikowski did not present an ID to the cashier but did recite her driver’s license number.She received a total of $310.73. When officers ran the number, state records identified the defendant, and police matched her license photo with still photos from surveillance video and her Facebook page.
Piencikowski was assigned a $1,000 signature bond at her initial appearance Friday. She will next be in court Oct. 13 for a pre-trial conference.