Cops: La Valle man said he stole from employer for back pay
A La Valle man allegedly told police he stole thousands of dollars in equipment from his former employer and pawned it because he thought he was owed wages.
Sauk County prosecutors have charged 35-year-old Daniel G. Drews with felony burglary and misdemeanor theft, alleging he stole equipment from a Reedsburg snow removal company in April.
According to the criminal complaint, the business owner reported to police in May that three snow blowers and various tools had disappeared from his storage unit. He suspected Drew, a former employee who had access to the unit, was the person responsible.
Officers later obtained documents and surveillance images from Pawn America in Madison showing that Drews and an associate had pawned items matching the business owner’s description for cash in April and May.
During an interview with an officer at the Dane County jail, the associate allegedly said Drew asked him to pawn some of the equipment. By splitting the equipment between two men, he told police, they remained below a threshold that allowed reimbursement in cash, rather than check.
In June, an officer reported, Drew admitted in a police interview that he took the snow blowers and tools. When asked what else he knew about the storage unit, Drew allegedly “mumbled” about leaf blowers and a hedge trimmer.
“Daniel said the reason he took the items was that he thought he was owed money after he quit,” the complain states.
Drews has been released on a $2,000 signature bond and is due to appear in court July 26. He faces up to 13 years and 5 months imprisonment if convicted of both charges.