Is that a banana in your bag picks up new meaning after a 24-year-old Racine man is accused of stealing from Pick ‘n Save by not scanning in items and claiming other weighted items were bananas.
Nathan O.J. Murray was charged in Racine County Circuit Court Friday with one count of retail theft and one count of felony bail jumping. If convicted, he faces up to nearly four years in prison and $20,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, from Aug. 28 to Sept. 11 Murray went to Pick ‘n Save on Highway 31 multiple times, and, at self-checkout registers either didn’t scan in items or would place in the code for bananas for weighted items that were more expensive. He also used a rewards card during the transactions that was issued to a man who works at Pick ‘n Save in Franklin.
The owner of the card reportedly told police that Murray may have been using his card by entering the owner's telephone number into the store's reward card system. Reports indicate store management provided security video to police to make the positive ID of Murray.
Murray is currently being held in Racine County Jail on $250 bond while awaiting trial. He was out of jail on bond from a incident last February and a condition of his bond was that he not participate in any further criminal activity.