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8.3 oz. can of Red Bull Energy Drink, Wednesday, July 18, 2001, in Madison, Wis. WSJ/John Maniaci

RACINE — A 28-year-old Waupun man is facing charges after allegedly stealing Red Bull energy drinks from several different stores in Racine county.

Cory T. Naber, of the 400 block of W. Jefferson Street, faces charges of misdemeanor retail theft (intentionally stealing less than $500 worth of merchandise) and felony bail jumping. Naber is considered a repeat offender for both charges.

According to the criminal complaint:

On May 23, an officer responded to Pick ‘n Save, 5111 Douglas Ave., in Caledonia for a retail theft report.

Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a loss prevention employee who had video footage of Naber allegedly taking 18 12-packs of Red Bull. The merchandise was taken without consent of the company.

Naber allegedly walked into the store around 1 p.m. and exited at 1:03 p.m. with the 18 cases of Red Bull. A customer who thought Naber seemed suspicious took a picture of his vehicle, a silver Ford Taurus.

The total cost of the 18 stolen cases came out to $416.01 after tax.

The Burlington Police Department had a similar incident occur on May 5. A suspect believed to be Naber entered a Walmart, 1901 Milwaukee Ave., and allegedly stole 13 12-packs of Red Bull. Naber allegedly made no attempt to pay for the merchandise as he exited the store.

In addition to Walmart, Naber reportedly stole from Festival Foods, 5740 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant, on May 18. Naber and an accomplice, Kevin LaGosh, of Milwaukee, allegedly took 14 12-packs as LaGosh distracted an employee, allowing Naber to escape without paying.

Officers were able to correlate the three crimes and, based on security footage, determined that Naber was behind each of the three offenses. An arrest warrant was authorized for Naber on July 11 after he failed to make his initial appearance in court and bond was forfeited.

LaGosh, 29, of the 2600 block of South 26th Street, faces misdemeanor offenses of being a party to the crime of theft and bail jumping. He, too, failed to make his initial court appearance on Wednesday, court records indicated.

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