A Waukesha man who went on a car theft spree last fall and had to be forcibly arrested by police will spend the next 60 days in jail for his crimes, a Waukesha County Circuit judge ruled recently.
Alexander Damas, 18, was sentenced Aug. 4 to the jail term and three years of probation by Judge Michael Maxwell, according to online court records. Damas pleaded guilty in July to five misdemeanor offenses – three counts of theft of movable property, disorderly conduct and resisting or obstructing an officer – linked to the car thefts.
He was originally facing six charges, the five misdemeanors and one count of felony burglary, last October when police arrested him the night Damas went on a small crime spree in the city, a criminal complaint said. The felony charge was dismissed but read into the court record as part of a plea agreement.
According to the complaint, Damas broke into three cars Oct. 3, 2015, around the 500 block of Hartwell Avenue, near Catholic Memorial High School, and another resident's garage on Downing Drive, and stole property from all four. He was spotted exiting one of the cars by a man who chased him and ultimately reported the thefts to police.
Damas lied to officers about his identity when they tracked him down and ignored commands from them when they tried to take him into custody, the complaint said. He had to be subdued with a Taser before he was arrested.
Court records show Maxwell imposed but stayed a sentence of several months of jail time for Damas in favor of probation. Maxwell ordered Damas to serve 60 days in jail with work-release privileges, starting Aug. 8, as a condition of that probation.
Other conditions of Damas' probation include 120 total hours of community service – 40 hours for each year of probation – absolute sobriety, submission to random drug screenings and a requirement to maintain full-time schooling, education or some combination of both.
Damas received five days of credit for time already served and records show he does not owe the court any money.