A Wisconsin man, Blaze Westly Rouse, age 31, was sentenced in Redwood County Court for breaking into a Redwood Falls business last Oct.
According to court documents, on Oct. 12, the Redwood Falls Police Department was called to a reported burglary at the Wash Tub Laundromat. Investigators noted signs of break-in along the walls and door of the mechanical room, and the deadbolt was missing from the door. The coin exchange machines were all damaged, and appeared to have been emptied quickly since there were still quarters on the floor. Slightly over $3,600 was stolen from the business.
Investigators looked over surveillance video from the Redwood County Government Center, located next to the laundromat. Video showed a car with two individuals inside parked in the parking lot. One of the individuals was later spotted inside through the business windows. The vehicle left after about 20 minutes.
While investigators were at the laundromat, they learned the Redwood County Sheriff’s Office had just picked up an individual, Blaze Rouse, in a car parked in someone’s driveway, and reported for suspicious activity. The other individual escaped into a corn field. Rouse was arrested for connection prior connections with numerous crimes in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Rouse’s jacket pockets were filled with quarters, and items associated with laundromats. He also had blue ink on his face and hands which appeared to be from the anti-theft devices attached to items by stores. Rouse gave investigators a false name, and showed them a false ID. A search of the car turned up burglary tools, and over $880 worth of coins.
On Dec. 20, Rouse was sentenced to a total of 102 days local confinement, five years supervised probation, restitution, and fines and fees of $1,305.