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A Ripon man is facing one felony and three misdemeanors for an alleged burglary of a local laundromat last month.

Jimie Lee Neidlinger, 52, has been charged with burglary of a building (a Class F Felony), entry into a locked coin box (a Class A Misdemeanor), theft (a Class A Misdemeanor) and criminal damage to property (a Class A Misdemeanor).

According to a criminal complaint signed Nov. 8, a Ripon police officer was dispatched to Washtub Laundromat at 524 Vermont St. on Oct. 11 due to a reported burglary.

A witness told law enforcement that she arrived at work that morning and noticed the service door to the mechanical room ajar, and the rear part of the coin machine had been pried open with the money missing.

“The coin machine on the wall was also pried open and suffered significant damage,” the criminal complaint said. “The rear door of the machine was completely bent and inoperable.”

The total cost to replace the machine, a damaged door frame and the cash inside the machine is $6,234.30, according to the complaint.

Police collected partial fingerprints from the outer portion of the coin machine and reviewed security footage, noticing the suspect looking at the camera and then driving away in a red Ford Focus, court documents stated.

The complaint noted the suspect was identified as Neidlinger from “a previous police contact,” and a registered red Ford Focus.

Neidlinger had previously been convicted of felony Theft-Movable Property charges in which the property stolen ranged from $2,500 to $5,000, according to court records.

If convicted, he faces up to 14 years and nine months in prison and $55,000 in fines, but he could also receive another two years in prison as a repeat offender.

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Joe Schulz served as the reporter of the Green Laker in 2019 and 2020, before being hired as a reporter for the Commonwealth in October 2020. He is from Oshkosh and graduated from UW-Oshkosh in December with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

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