$100K Possible Damage Reported in Gas Station Burglary
A Sussex man and a Colgate man are charged with breaking into a Waukesha gas station.
The two men accused of burglarizing Hop It Market, 1610 Lincoln Ave., possibly caused $100,000 in damage when they pulled the fire alarm, according to a criminal complaint.
Marcel A. Bois, 29, of Sussex, and Michael J. Demont, 25, of Colgate, were each charged with burglary and felony criminal damage to property. Bois also faces a misdemeanor bail jumping charge.
According to the criminal complaint:
Via remote cameras, the gas station’s owner saw two individuals with black ski masks trying to access the safe at 4:05 a.m. Wednesday. When police arrived, an officer spotted the two leaving the building and ordered them to show their hands. Instead, they ran back into the building.
During the incident, the two people activated the fire alarm, activating the sprinkler system in the business. After officers surrounded the gas station, Bois and Demont exited the building and were arrested.
When officers entered the building, they found 1 to 2 inches of standing water from the sprinkler system. The gas station owner told police he had ordered several computers worth $100,000 for a car wash remodeling project. The owner said he believed the computers were damaged from the water. Other items in the store were also damaged from the water.
Police believe Bois had about $4,000 on him and Demont had an unspecified large amount of cash.
Bois told police he did not need the money for any opiates but just needed it to live.