Menomonee Falls — A Milwaukee man and woman face charges for allegedly stealing copper on several occasions from the Harley Davidson factory in Menomonee Falls.
Tammy B. Ilk, 32, and Jaren J. Brezovar, 25, were each charged on Oct. 14 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with five counts of misdemeanor theft.
Last week, two Milwaukee men were charged with allegedly stealing over 12,000 pounds of copper in little over a month from the same Harley Davidson factory.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Oct. 10, an officer with the Menomonee Falls Police Department was dispatched to the Harley Davidson factory on Pilgrim Road to talk with security personnel about alleged copper thefts.
Security staff said that Ilk and Brezovar, two employees of a truck washing company, had apparently been loading scrap during weekly visits beginning on Sept. 14. The company's contract to wash Harley Davidson trucks had actually expired months ago, the personnel said, but the two employees continued to show up every Saturday.
Ilk and Brezovar had allegedly stolen 1,303 pounds of copper in less than a month, earning a little less than $3,500 on average if it were sold for scrap.
The police officer arranged to hide at the factory on Oct. 12 and allegedly watched the Milwaukee pair steal 298 pounds of copper.
Brezovar admitted in a statement to police that he and Ilk had stolen the copper and sold it to a Milwaukee scrap yard.
He said that a family member, who is not currently facing charges, had joined them on one occasion to steal scrap metal. He said that all three of them are addicted to heroin and used the money to get high. Ilk said she had been addicted for about 10 years and continued to use, despite a brother overdosing a few years ago.
Ilk and Brezovar each face almost four years in prison and $50,000 in fines if convicted.
They both pleaded not guilty at an initial court appearance on Oct. 14.
Ilk is next expected to appear in court on Oct. 29. Brezovar's next expected court appearance is Dec. 5.
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