Police: man charged with stealing washing machines

According to Racine police, a man broke into the washing machines at Albert House to steal a few hundred dollars, costing the owners more than $2,400 in repairs.

Efrain de Jesus Rivera was charged Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor count of theft and indictable damage to property and two counts of felony bail jumping. Because Rivera is a repeat offender – he has previous convictions for various offenses – if convicted of all charges, he faces up to 11½ years in prison and/or up to $40,000 in fines. .

According to the criminal complaint, property managers at Albert House, 4000 Maryland Ave., called police to report a video showing someone breaking into on-site laundry machines and robbing the quarters inside. A total of six washing machines were damaged when a man opened them and took the coin trays. Each washing machine contained $60 per quarter, and the estimated amount of theft was between $240 and $300. Repairing the washing machines cost a total of $2,400.

Rivera was identified as the suspect in building video after officers responded to a separate call for a report of a man acting irrationally in one of the units, the complaint continues.

A warrant for Rivera’s arrest was issued in February because he failed to appear in Waupaca County Circuit Court for his plea hearing on a felony charge of identity theft and count of theft offence. The defendant remains in the Racine County jail on $500 cash bond and will next be in court on April 13 for his preliminary heart. The court filing does not indicate whether Rivera will be extradited to Waupaca County.

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