A convicted thief is now accused of stealing from his niece.
Peter J. Klotzbuecher, 22, Manawa, is charged with burglary.
According to the criminal complaint, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy James Santiago was called out to a home in the town of Little Wolf, where he met with the homeowner on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
The man told Santiago that someone broke into his house and stole $100 from a purse in his daughter’s bedroom. He had a motion-activated trail camera that pointed toward the side of the house.
Digital photos showed of a man picking the lock to the side door, entering the house, then leaving a few minutes later. The victim identified the man as his brother-in-law, Klotzbuecher.
Klotzbuecher’s mother was also at the victims’ home. Santiago followed her as she drove to her house.
Because Klotzbuecher is flagged in the system for resisting and fleeing, Patrol Sgt. Clint Thobaben met Santiago at the house and waited outside.
When Santiago encountered Klotzbuecher, he asked him if he knew why the deputy wanted to speak with him.
“Because I stole some money from my niece,” Klotzbuecher reportedly replied, adding that he had already spent the money.
On April 21, 2015, Klotzbuecher was convicted of theft and entry into a construction site. He had been accused of stealing 40 pounds of scrap copper wiring from his mother’s property.
Previously, Klotzbuecher was accused of stealing $3,275 in jewelry from a woman living in Little Wolf.
On Oct. 23, 2013, he was convicted of two counts of misdemeanor theft, while four counts of felony theft were dismissed but read into the court record. Klotzbuecher was placed on two years of probation with 10 days in jail.
On March 2, 2015, Klotzbuecher’s probation was revoked and he served seven months in jail.
Klotzbuecher was released from custody on Sept. 5 on a $2,000 signature bond.
He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 26.