RACINE — A Racine man is accused of stealing and using his girlfriend’s QUEST Food Share card without her consent.
Elieser Ramos, 32, of 530 Three Mile Road is being charged with one count of unauthorized use of food stamps, a Class I felony.
According to the criminal complaint, Ramos’ girlfriend went to the Racine Police Department in November to report her QUEST card had been stolen and used.
The victim reported she’d last seen her card a few days earlier and that the total value of the card, $640.20, had been used without her consent at Walmart Neighborhood Market, 5625 Washington Ave.; Target, 5300 Durand Ave.; and Walmart, 3049 Oakes Road.
Officers showed the victim and Ramos surveillance video of the purchase. Officers suspected the victim and Ramos would recognize the thief because he had known the card’s PIN. The criminal complaint stated Ramos identified the man using the card and gave his address.
Officers obtained a second surveillance video that allegedly showed Ramos and the man he’d identified purchasing baby formula at Walmart Neighborhood Market. At the register, Ramos entered the PIN into the keypad, according to the complaint.
When an officer spoke with the man, he said he did not know the victim personally but knew she was Ramos’ girlfriend. The man claimed that Ramos had offered to sell him food stamps, and he thought everything was being done with Ramos’ girlfriend’s consent.
According to the complaint, Ramos denied the allegations.
At his initial appearance on Monday, Ramos’ cash bond was set for $500. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on March 21.