Racine police say a 25-year-old woman is facing felony charges after she stole a wallet and then money from a tenant who lived in an apartment the woman was seeing.

Heather Cullen, of Racine, was charged Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count each of forgery, misappropriating an ID for money, and fraud against a financial institution as well as one misdemeanor count each of theft and bail jumping. If convicted, she faces up to 19-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $50,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, Cullen and another woman were shown by the landlord of an apartment June 30 in the 500 block of 7th Street while the current tenants were not home. When the female residents arrived back at their home, they noticed that one of their wallets was missing as was an iPad. The next day, someone – later identified as Cullen – took out a $600 loan in one of the women’s names, had it deposited in that person’s checking account and then withdrew it in person at a location in Oak Creek.

Cullen also transferred $150 from the woman’s savings account into her checking account and withdrew that as well, the complaint reads. The woman provided a copy of the withdrawal form for the police report and noted that Cullen spelled her name wrong.

Police say the landlord gave them Cullen’s name, a physical description of Cullen and her vehicle – a red sedan – and the phone number she listed. Officers were able to confirm Cullen’s identity because they have had contact with Cullen previously, including a traffic ticket while she was driving a red, Ford Taurus. Investigators also visited the bank in Oak Creek where personnel confirmed Cullen was the suspect in question featured in surveillance video.

A search warrant was executed on Cullen’s residence on Rosalind Avenue, the complaint reads, where officers found mail addressed to other individuals at different addresses as well as envelopes addressed to Cullen.

Cullen as assigned a $250 cash bond at her initial appearance Wednesday and remains in the Racine County Jail. She will next be in court August 26 for her preliminary hearing.

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