Racine County Sheriff’s deputies say a 21-year-old Wind Point woman broke into her relative’s house to steal money for drugs.
Kassandra Kostos was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor each of theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted, she faces up to 10 months in jail and/or up to $10,500 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, officers were called Thursday to a home in Wind Point for a report of theft. When deputies arrived, a man and woman said they believed a relative – later identified as Kostos – had stolen money they kept in a small safe in their bedroom.
Officers say there was about $420 in the safe, and it had been taken by someone opening a 3-inch hole in the back panel of the safe. The woman said her relative is a drug addict, and she believes her relative is planning to go on one last binge before going into rehab. When she confronted her relative about taking the money, the woman said Kostos admitted to taking the money.
The woman said Kostos has been using drugs since she was 14, and this wasn’t the first time Kostos has stolen from them; she has also taken jewelry, but this was the breaking point, the complaint reads.
Deputies say they located Kostos at a residence in the City of Racine, and she told them she had been choked and grabbed by her relatives, but the defendant did not have any marks or bruising to indicate she had been assaulted. Kostos did admit that she knew her relatives were angry because she stole money from them.
Kostos was transported to the Racine County Jail where she was searched prior to being booked into custody, the complaint reads. A glass pipe commonly used to smoke crack was found in Kostos’ pocket, and she admitted to it being hers.
At her initial appearance Friday, Kostos was assigned a $100 cash bond. As of Saturday morning, online jail records did not indicate Kostos was still in custody, but court records did not list her bond as paid. Kostos will next be in court May 21 for a pre-trial conference.