Gun stolen from Pewaukee found in Milwaukee drug house
Village of Pewaukee - A gun reported as stolen last October in Pewaukee was recovered in a Milwaukee drug house, and an 18-year-old Waukesha man has been charged with its theft.
Jesse D. Reed was charged Feb. 5 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony theft, and Kirstie L. Bartlett, 20, of 175 E. Wisconsin Ave., Upper Unit, Pewaukee, was charged with receiving a stolen firearm, also a felony.
According to the criminal complaint, Dustin Liebenthal, 580 Foxtail Drive, Pewaukee, reported the theft of his .22-caliber handgun on Oct. 16, 2012. He told police the gun and two magazines were taken from his vehicle.
On Nov. 14, Liebenthal was contacted by a man who said Reed told him he had stolen the gun from a truck. The man's sister told police Reed also told her he had stolen items out of cars in the Pewaukee area, according to the complaint.
Bartlett told police Dec. 10 that Reed gave her the gun before Thanksgiving in exchange for money he owed her for heroin. She told police she sold the gun to a drug dealer on Milwaukee's West Side for $100 worth of the drug, the complaint said.
Reed was arrested Dec. 10 and charged in January with several misdemeanor thefts, after police said they found several items in his possession they suspected were stolen from vehicles in Lisbon, Hartland and Pewaukee.
On Jan. 15, Milwaukee Police found a gun they think belonged to Liebenthal at a Milwaukee "drug house." It contained the original magazine with four unfired .22-caliber hollow-point bullets.
Detective Craig Drummy of the Pewaukee Village Police Department said police do not know whether the gun has been used since its theft.
If convicted, Bartlett and Reed could each face up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
Bartlett's next expected court date is Feb. 18. Reed was expected in court Monday, after this paper went to press.
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