Woman charged in Sussex apartment burglary
Complaint: Woman, 29, told police she was looking for prescription drugs
A 29-year-old woman was charged on Sept. 18 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with burglary of a building, allegedly stealing $2,500 in cash last year from a next-door neighbor in Sussex.
According to the criminal complaint, the burglary was first reported by victim Mary Frances Holzhauer on Sept. 17, 2012. Erin C. Brookins, a next-door neighbor and suspect, initially denied involvement in the theft, but an unidentified witness told police she had overheard Brookins talking about the burglary, the complaint states.
Brookins admitted to investigators the next day that she used a credit card to gain entry into the neighbor's residence, at W242 N6416 Locust St., Village of Sussex.
Brookins said that she was originally looking for anti-anxiety medication when she found the cash sitting on the woman's bedside table. She said that she spent the majority of the money on groceries, gambling and partying, the complaint states.
Only $225 of the stolen money was recovered by police.
According to court records, Brookins currently resides at 831 S. 114th St. in West Allis.
She could face up to 12 1/2 years in prison and $25,000 in fines if convicted.
She is expected to make an initial appearance in court on Oct. 7.
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