Fairchild man gets probation for stealing thousands of dollars worth of tools

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January 21 – EAU CLAIRE – A Fairchild man receives two years’ probation for stealing tools worth $4,200 during a home burglary in the city of Lincoln and later for pawning several items.

Richard J. Felix III, 25, pleaded no contest Friday in Eau Claire County Court to a misdemeanor charge of burglary.

A misdemeanor count of robbery was dismissed, but considered at sentencing by Judge Jon Theisen.

As a condition of probation, Felix must have no contact with the victims, pay $50 a month in restitution, and undergo any recommended programs or treatments.

Felix was fined $858.

Felix’s criminal record is expunged upon successful completion of his probationary period.

According to the criminal indictment:

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Two people told an Eau Claire County deputy that the garage of their residence had been broken into on May 12.

The burglary took place in the morning and the items captured included a chop saw, chainsaws, welder, impact gun, air impact guns, an air cut-off tool and a ratchet set.

One of the residents said he believes Felix may have been involved in the incident because they used to be friends and Felix recently got into trouble.

He said that Felix would also know the work schedules of the two residents.

A deputy sheriff conducted a property search on Felix, observing several transactions for tools that appeared to have been taken during the break-in in the city of Lincoln. The transactions were made at National Pawn Co., Me-No-Monie Pawn and Loan, and C&C Pawnbrokers, all in Eau Claire.

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The deputy took pictures of the tools and held them.

All items photographed were claimed by the two residents of the town of Lincoln. They could identify the make and model as well as specific details of each item.

A deputy sheriff spoke to Felix at his home on May 31. He admitted to taking some items. He said he helped one of the Lincoln town residents fix his truck and owed $400 for truck parts.

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Felix said he brought a chop saw and a weed eater. He said he had already sold the stuff to friends.

Felix denied stealing the items he took to the pawnshops. He said one of the residents had sold that stuff to him. He said he pawned the things to get money to pay bills.

Felix’s mother said she witnessed one of the Lincoln town residents bring tools to help Felix fix things.

The resident denied that Felix had ever helped him with his truck or sold him stuff.

Felix was prosecuted as a repeat offender. He was convicted of three felonies in April 2020.

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