Stolen Car Tip Leads to Sussex Drug Bust
The suspects face charges after police head to a man's house to find a stolen car and they find both marijuana and cocaine.
A Sussex man and Slinger woman are facing charges after police went to his home to investigate a stolen car complaint and found them with marijuana and cocaine.
Dean E. Erlitz, 53, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Thursday with one count of possession of cocaine, while Kimberly A. Ragsdale, 35, was charged with one count of possession of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
If convicted Erlitz faces up to one year in county jail and $5,000 in fines, while Ragsdale faces up to 3 ½ years in prison and $10,500 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
On May 27, Waukesha County sheriff’s deputies were called to Erlitz’s home in the N5300 block of Townline Road after there was a report of a stolen car at the residence. A deputy knocked on the door of the residence and heard someone yell “what do you want” from the garage.
The deputy walked to the front of the garage and saw Erlitz, who said “Oh (expletive), it’s the cops,” then ran out the back door of the garage yelling “cops, cops, cops.” As the deputy ran after Erlitz, he saw Ragsdale in the back of the garage grab a marijuana pipe off a table and try to hide it in her purse, but she missed and dropped it on the floor, breaking it.
“Oh (expletive), it’s the cops,” then ran out the back door of the garage yelling “cops, cops, cops.”
She then picked the pieces up and put it in her purse before putting her hands in the air. The deputy caught Erlitz and found a vial of cocaine in his jeans pocket and a pill bottle full of marijuana was found hidden under a dog bed on the back porch of the residence, which Ragsdale admitted was hers.
Both Erlitz and Ragsdale will make their initial appearance in court Aug. 13.