Homeless Men Charged With Metal Theft
Two men accused of having 130 pounds of metal they stole from a Waukesha railroad area, according to a criminal complaint.
Two homeless men are facing charges after they allegedly stole metal from a Waukesha railroad area to sell for scrap metal.
Christopher A. Wolf, 22, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Aug. 17 with one count of theft and one count of bail jumping, and Tyler S. Garamoni was charged with one count of theft. If convicted, Wolf faces up to 18 months in prison and $20,000 in fines, while Garamoni faces up to nine months in prison and $10,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
In the early morning on Aug. 17, a Waukesha police officer saw the two men in the 100 block of East Broadway and when the officer shined at light at them, he saw Garamoni drop a backpack he was carrying and continue walking.
The officer was suspicious and believed a crime was occurring, so he approached the men and noticed Wolf smelled of alcohol. He searched Wolf and found a 4-inch knife in his pocket and he was carrying an extremely heavy bag full of metal objects. The bag Garamoni dropped was also full of metal, which the men said they got from an unknown businesses near the Fox River.
The officer realized the items looked like they would belong to a railroad, so he contacted Canadian National Railroad Co., which confirmed the items were stolen from an area yard. The total weight of the items the men had taken was roughly 130 pounds, which they planned to sell for scrap metal.
Both men are free on signature bond while awaiting trial.