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Brookfield Man Accused of Stealing Brother's Van, Wallet to Get Heroin

The 39-year-old said he wanted money to go to rehab, but on way to facility, he pushes his brother out of the van and takes off, charges allege.

A Brookfield man stole his brother’s van and wallet Friday so he could go buy heroin on the north side of Milwaukee, charges allege.

David R. Melotik, 39, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Monday with one count of theft from a person and one count of disorderly conduct. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and $26,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

The brothers were at Melotik's Brookfield home on Friday. Melotik kept asking his brother for money that he said he needed so he could go to a drug rehab facility to treat his heroin addiction.

The brother said he wouldn't give him money but said they should call their father who would drive Melotik to the rehab facility.

Melotik and his girlfiend got in his brother's van and they started driving to their father’s home in New Berlin. But on the way Melotik said he wanted to go to Hampton Avenue instead. His brother refused to take him there.

Melotik then began to grab the wheel of the van, forcing his brother to pull over to the side of the road near Sunnyslope Road and Honey Lane. Melotik started pushing his brother against the door until the sibling fell out of the van.

Melotik then got on top of his brother and grabbed his wallet out of his pants before jumping back in the van and driving away. The sibling left on the side of the road got a ride from another person to his father’s house where he contacted the New Berlin Police Department.

Later that day, the Milwaukee Police Department contacted the victim after his van was found parked near North 38th Street and West Hampton Avenue. Inside the van was his wallet, which was missing $170.

Milwaukee police later arrested Melotik, who was being held in the Waukesha County Jail on $3,500 bond while awaiting trial. 

Butterball August 16, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Those are just the maximum possible sentences.
Scott Berg August 16, 2012 at 06:32 PM
This county is highly conservative. Why are all you people soft on crime? Do you even live in Waukesha County?
gg August 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Soft on crime? I happen to be conservative but I don't believe in Nazism.
Ruthi Gossette August 21, 2012 at 05:45 AM
the guy is a heroin addict and stole from his brother the nicest guy in the world, put him away and he can be friends with all the people he set up on heroin, and see how nice he lives.....and yes i live in waukesha county and know all the parties involved, he is a piece of work.....and thats mild!!!!!
Ruthi Gossette August 21, 2012 at 05:47 AM
His brother didnt deserve this, he is a wonderful guy!!!!

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