Two Weston men are now charged with burglary after they're accused of breaking into St. Michael's School in Wausau to take giftcards to allegedly fuel their drug habits.
Anthony D'Acquisto, 28, and Matthew Rudolph, 32, are both charged with burglary, criminal damage to property, theft, and entry into a building.
According to court documents, during the early morning hours of July 24, an employee of St. Michael's noticed the building had been broken into and a laptop was missing. While detectives were processing evidence at the scene they were approached by two employees at the school who told them a man who had been at the school the previous day, and had seemed out of place, was again at the school.
The man indicated he was at the school to buy SCRIP. SCRIP is fundraiser many churches use. The program allows churches to buy giftcards at a discount and sell them at face value. The proceeds go toward tuition costs.
An officer approached the man who identified himself as Anthony D'Acquisto. Following a records check, D'Acquisto was arrested on a probation warrant and was transported to the police department to be question about a forgery case.
D'Acquisto admitted that he and his friend, Matthew Rudolph would write worthless checks to buy prepaid credit cards using store giftcards. They would then use prepaid credit cards like debit cards to withdraw cash. Rudolph estimated their drug habit cost between $700-$800 a week.
Rudolph was located later that day at a home in Weston and also arrested. When questioned about the burglary at St. Michael's, he said D'Acquisto had been taking about the all the SCRIP the school had and D'Acquisto want to burglarized it. Rudolph told police he “couldn't let Tony go in by himself.”
Rudolph told police the two used a hammer to break a window to gain entry. Rudolph told investigators they were not able to find the giftcards in the office so they took a laptop.
Both men also admitted to stealing a cadalitic converter from truck at Brickner's in Wausau because they heard it was worth $3,000 to $4,000. The men told investigators they stole the part on a Friday and returned it on a Monday because they were told the scrap price was only $4.
The church estimated the damage to be around $4,100.
Both men are behind bars in the Marathon County Jail and will return to court August 26.
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