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Drugs Fueled Car Break-ins at Hotel, Charges Say

A West Allis man stole items from cars at a Town of Brookfield hotel to sell them to buy drugs, police allege.

A West Allis man broke into cars at a Town of Brookfield hotel so he could get money to buy drugs, charges allege.

Jacob L. Anderson, 23, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Wednesday with three counts of entry into a locked vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. If convicted, he faces up to 33 months in prison and $31,500 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Aug. 21, Anderson wanted to buy drugs but needed money. His girlfriend was driving him to Madison but he didn't know anyone in Madison so he "faked" a phone call to have his girlfriend get off I-94 at Barker Road and take him to the Quality Inn in the Town of Brookfield.

In the parking lot, Anderson told his girlfriend he needed to meet a friend and would be back in 10 to 15 minutes. He instead broke into three cars and stole iPods, a $1 bill and a GPS unit, the complaint alleges.

A man saw the break-ins and contacted the Town of Brookfield Police Department. Anderson was found and arrested nearby with cords in his pockets, and the stolen items were found inside his girlfriend's car.

He admitted to stealing the items so he could sell them and get drugs, the criminal complaint alleges. Officers searched the car and found a grinder with marijuana inside, which Anderson said was his.

Anderson will make his first court appearance Nov. 12.

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