Teenager Charged with Fake iPhone Sale, Theft

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A 17-year-old boy is facing a potential sentence of almost 20 years after Mount Pleasant police say he stole money from a man to whom he was supposed to be selling an iPhone X.

Billy Summers, Jr., of Mount Pleasant, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney‘s office Wednesday with one count of misdemeanor theft and four felony counts of bail jumping. If convicted, he faces 18-3/4 years in prison and/or up to $50,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, a man called police Tuesday to report he had $300 stolen from him when he met another person at the Walmart Neighborhood Market – later identified as Summers – to buy an iPhone X. During the conversation, Summers mentioned that he lived nearby and that his name was Billy.

The man told officers that he gave Summers the money in exchange for the phone but before he fully took possession of the phone, he asked Summers to clear it and remove the SIM card, the complaint continues. Summers took the phone back but instead of doing as the man asked, he ran from the scene.

Officers say they located Summers and his mother’s house, and he admitted that he stole the money from the man he met at Walmart because he, “liked to have money in his pocket.”

Summers remains in the Racine County Jail on a $5,000 bail and will next be in court Feb. 14 for his preliminary hearing.