A Waukesha man will spend the next 2.5 years in prison for stealing numerous items from family members to fund his heroin addiction.
Matthew Molitor, 34, pleaded no contest April 6 in Waukesha County Circuit Court to two felony counts of burglary with a dangerous weapon, court records show. Judge Lloyd Carter found him guilty of both offenses the same day.
Carter sentenced Molitor to prison time plus three years of extended supervision. Molitor received credit for 101 days already served.
He was charged in late December with stealing several firearms, jewelery, and other valuables from his father and grandmother and using the money he received from pawning off those items to buy drugs.
Online court records indicate that Molitor must maintain absolute sobriety and submit to random drug tests as conditions of his probation. He was also ordered to pay almost $100,000 in restitution to his grandmother.
Molitor confessed to stealing the items about a week after the burglaries were reported, court records say. He had key-code access to his grandmother's home, in the village of Nashotah, while she was out of town, and burglarized his father's house in North Prairie while he was supposed to be performing construction work there.
Molitor stole a total of four firearms from both houses — three "long guns" from his grandmother and his father's Colt 45 pistol — and several valuable coins, jewelery and class rings from a safe in his grandmother's closet over the course of several months last year. He said he took the items and pawned them for money to buy drugs.
In one instance, Molitor traded his father's Colt 45 pistol to a drug dealer in Milwaukee for heroin. His father, David, said in a criminal complaint that Molitor had previously been a suspect in other thefts from family members.
Molitor's grandmother, in a letter to the court, described the burglaries as acts of "total betrayal."
"We loved him and totally trusted him," she wrote. "It never occurred to us that he could do something like this to hurt us so. ... Our hope is that Matthew will finally get the help he so obviously needs."