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Man Accused of 'Crack'-brained Theft

A Falls man allegedly smoked copious amounts of crack cocaine before taking his girlfriend's car out for a joy ride.

There aren’t many ways to explain why a man would allegedly steal $10 and a car for two hours. However, explanations abound when crack cocaine is reportedly involved.

On Saturday at roughly 5 a.m., a woman called the Muskego Police Department to report that her boyfriend had stolen her vehicle from her home on Janesville Road. Two hours later, she called police back to report her boyfriend had returned the van, but had taken two $5 bills, and charged $20 to a credit card, according to a criminal complaint filed with the Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Her boyfriend, 31-year-old Menomonee Falls resident Joseph Benton – who also goes by the name Joseph Grassold – admitted to taking the vehicle, the report states. He told police he had smoked “copious amounts of crack cocaine” over the past 24 hours and knew his girlfriend wouldn’t let him take her van. He decided to take it regardless.

Though the report states Benton admitted to stealing the van, he did not admit to taking the two $5 bills. However, police found two $5 bills in his possession.

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Benton was charged Monday with one count of identity theft, one count of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, and one count of bail jumping. If prosecuted to the full extent, he could spend over 7 years in jail and be charged $30,000.

Benton was charged in Oct. 2012 with driving a vehicle without owner consent, and theft of movable property worth more than $2,500. A condition of his bail was not to commit any new crimes or possess drugs or alcohol. 

Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) March 06, 2013 at 12:18 AM
No, probably, just a real good kid who none of us understand. http://wcca.wicourts.gov/pager.do;jsessionid=82CC80E7B446EB62ACDA89F43F0D9416.render6?cacheId=39B031853776BE39F5A43D8CD7BCDE67&offset=0&sortColumn=0&sortDirection=DESC
Awake! March 06, 2013 at 01:28 PM
He'll probably appear before a lamewing liberal judge who'll feel sorry for him and give him a years probation and community service so he can steal someone else's vehicle and get more drugs and enable future drug use. They should ljust egalize crack/cocain so then the average citizen only has to worry about their vehicle being stolen and not tie up the liberal judges with this illegal drug issue. Then they won't have to work so hard to keep not enforcing the laws they don't want...uh...i mean want for everyone else excpet them and their families...sorry...
John Wilson March 06, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Doesn't everyone from Menomonee Falls smoke a copious amount of crack cocaine?
John Wilson March 06, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Nuitari - You might check your dead link before you post it... impressive.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) March 06, 2013 at 03:29 PM
I apologize Johnny. As you saw the query expired from yesterday. I know if you link to a specific case this will not be so but I did not. I guess you'll have to go a step further and re-enter the guy's name if you're so interested in a fellow drug user's crime history.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) March 06, 2013 at 03:29 PM
No, but we all know you smoke pot.
John Wilson March 06, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Craig - I know... I got the exact same thing that you did. THX, though...
John Wilson March 06, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Nuitari - The only reason you know that is because I freely admit my Marijuana use to everyone. However, you will never read anywhere about me getting arrested for it... Menomonee Falls, on the other hand, can't pass a day without someone getting arrested for possession or use of Schedule I or II drugs...
John Wilson March 06, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Nuitari - No problem... I am interested in just about everything the people who post on the Patch have to write or link on various topics.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) March 06, 2013 at 05:44 PM
To each their own Johnny. We all have our vices. Do other Patch editors readily post crime news on their sites as Carl does? He likes to keep it real. Just imagine if we had a Milwaukee Patch.
Steve ® March 06, 2013 at 05:48 PM
It is that time of year http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM7CL-Vyo1U

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