Grafton man charged with stealing money, pickup truck from Ice Center

By 
BILL SCHANEN IV
Ozaukee Press staff

An 18-year-old Town of Grafton man was bound over for trial in Ozaukee County Circuit Court last week on charges of stealing a pickup truck and money from several people at the Ozaukee Ice Center in Mequon in July.

Nicholas N. Leiker is also charged in a separate case with using a stolen credit card to buy jewelry in Cedarburg.

According to a criminal complaint, four people told police that money was stolen from their wallets in a locker room while they were playing hockey at the Ice Center on Sunday evening, July 24.

As much as $640 was stolen, they reported.

The next day, police were called back to the Ice Center for a report of a stolen vehicle. An employee of the center told officers that he received a report of a suspicious person leaving the facility with keys on a lanyard.

The employee said he noticed his keys were missing and went outside to discover that his 2017 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck had been stolen.

The employee contacted police a short time later to report that his truck had been returned to the Ice Center with the keys in the ignition.

On Aug. 16, police were again called to the Ice Center, this time for a report of a man leaving the facility on a bicycle who matched the description of the person seen with the keys on the lanyard weeks earlier.

Authorities caught up with the man, later identified as Leiker, at a McDonald’s in Cedarburg.

Leiker admitted stealing about $600 as well as the pickup truck from the Ice Center, the complaint states.

He said he spent all the money at the Washington County Fair and drove the truck to Milwaukee to pick up a friend. The two of them then drove back to the Ice Center, where Leiker parked the truck, and walked from there to his house, according to the complaint.

Leiker told authorities that he has stolen a lot of jewelry from people at his high school and sold it to other students, the complaint states.

He said he is dealing with mental health issues and although he is taking prescription medication, it is not working. He also said he has a history of cannabis use but no longer uses it, according to the complaint.

Leiker is charged with one felony count of operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent and four misdemeanor counts of theft. Because he was free on bail in connection with a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge at the time of the Ice Center thefts, he is also charged with bail jumping.

Two days after Leiker was charged with those crimes, a criminal complaint was filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court charging him with theft by acquisition of a credit care and bail jumping.

That case is based on a report from a woman who told authorities that on Saturday, Aug. 20, she had given her husband’s credit card to her son, who went to a gym before meeting friends in downtown Cedarburg.

She said she was alerted that day to the fact the credit card, which her son discovered was missing from his backpack, was being used to make purchases in Cedarburg.

A store clerk gave police a description of a young man who had purchased jewelry. The description matched that of Leiker, who authorities found in a yard in Cedarburg trying to hide items in a bush, according to the complaint.

Leiker told police that he had stolen the credit card from the boy’s backpack and used it to buy jewelry from several stores in Cedarburg. He said he then threw the card in a sewer, where authorities found it, the complaint states.

Leiker pleaded not guilty last week to all the charges against him.

 

 

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