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A man and a woman are accused of stealing over $30,000 in brass parts from Badger Meter so that it could be sold to support the woman’s heroin habit.
Kayleigh Dybul, 27, of Oak Creek, charged with felony theft-moveable property (greater than $10,000) and possession of narcotic drugs. If convicted of both charges, Dybul faces up to 13 years six months in prison and/or fines up to $35,000.
Paul Lennart, 32, of Greenfield, was charged with felony theft-moveable property (greater than $10,000). If convicted of the charge, Lennart faces up to 10 years in prison and/or fines up to $25,000.
According to the criminal complaint, officials with Badger Meter, 8635 Washington Ave., called the Mount Pleasant Police Department after noticing that about $30,000 in brass fittings and parts were missing. The company put up a video surveillance camera on Jan. 19 after they suspected that a member of their cleaning crew may have stolen the items.
The surveillance video confirmed those suspicions and showed that Dybul placing the brass parts in a garbage cart, then placing them in a dumpster. Lennart then drove to the facility, placed the items in his truck and sold them to a scrap yard in Milwaukee.
Investigators learned that Lennart had sold the brass to the scrap yard 23 times between Dec. 13 and Jan. 23.
When police interviewed Dybul, they searched her car and found heroin and a suspected heroin kit in her car. She told police she sold the brass to support her heroin habit. Badger Meter suffered a loss of more than $30,000.
Dybul and Lennart are being held a $250 cash bond. A preliminary hearing was set for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 7.
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