A Clintonville man and woman are accused of stealing gasoline, scrap copper and vehicle parts from a town of Helvetia recycling center.
Charged with two counts each of burglary and theft are Michael J. Waller, 25, and Crystal M. Quaintance, 24.
On Monday, Oct. 6, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Peter Bosquez was dispatched to Siegel’s Auto and Recycling near Ogdensburg.
The owner reported an ongoing problem with the theft of numerous items and gasoline from his shop since early summer, so he installed a surveillance camera.
At 4 a.m. that morning, the camera took video of a man and a woman entering his shop and stealing 20 gallons of gas. The owner said he recognized them as Waller, a former employee, and Quaintance, Waller’s girlfriend.
At 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, the camera captured images of a woman carrying out a 10-gallon container of gas and a man toting out a plastic bag filled with vehicle starters and alternators.
Bosquez then went to the Clintonville apartment where Waller and Quaintance live. He took them into custody for questioning.
According to the criminal complaint, both Waller and Quaintance denied being involved in the burglaries.
Waller reportedly said it might be his brother in the video because they look a lot alike.
Waller also faces a misdemeanor charge of bail jumping.
On July 23, he appeared in Waupaca County Circuit Court on charges of operating after revocation and misdemeanor bail jumping. He was released on a $1,000 signature bond with the condition that he not commit any crimes.