Two men and one woman are facing charges after two of them participated in the theft of guns from a Menomonee Falls apartment while the other lied about knowing about it.
Justin L. Chaudoir, 33, of Menomonee Falls, and Ryan D. Knight, 29, of Watertown, are each charged with one count of burglary while Jacqueline A. Kelley, 28, of Watertown is charged with one count of obstructing an officer. If convicted, Knight faces up to 15 years in prison, Chaudoir faces up to 12 ½ years in prison and Kelley faces up to nine months in prison.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Jan. 24, Menomonee Falls police officers were called to an apartment in the N8800 block of Jefferson Avenue after a man reported someone had broken into his apartment the day before and stolen firearms, electronics, a television and other valuables. Knight, who used to live across the hall from the victim and is a drug addict and problem tenant in the building soon became a suspect in the case.
On Jan. 26 Knight was taken into custody on an unrelated charged and his probation officer found a picture on his cell phone of drugs and a gun. When confronted about the picture, Knight said it was taken by Chaudoir.
On Feb. 26, Knight was being held in Milwaukee County Jail when he called Kelley—who is his fiancée—and told her to call a third person about the “heaters,” which is slang term for guns. The call was recorded along with another call here he said Chaudoir shouldn’t give police his name or any information to investigators.
Investigators interviewed Chaudoir on Feb. 29, who told them Knight called for a ride on the day of the burglary and when he arrived at the apartment, he put a Rubbermaid container in the car and showed him a bunch of cash and told him he had broken into two apartments in the complex. They then took the items to another man’s home in the W14000 block of West Fond Du Lac Avenue where Chaudoir said Knight sold the stolen items.
Chaudoir gave police information about the burglary that hadn’t been made public, which then caused them to believe he was involved.
Police then interviewed Kelley about the burglary and she said she had no knowledge about it. When confronted with the recordings of the phone calls made from the jail she then admitted to helping Knight destroy evidence.
The trio will make their initial appearance in court July 16.