Former employee at Wilde Honda in Waukesha accused of stealing vehicles to fuel her heroin addiction

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WAUKESHA COUNTY -- A former employee at a Waukesha car dealership is accused of stealing vehicles to fuel her heroin addiction.honda4

Police said this case is an example of what they see on a daily basis -- people risking their careers and ruining relationships over a bottle of pills or a gram of heroin.

22-year-old Erin Duffy is without a job -- and charged with two felony counts of taking a vehicle without the owner's consent, and one felony count of identity theft.

"The nexus of her criminal activity was her opioid addiction," Dan Baumann, Waukesha police captain said.

The general manager at Wilde Honda said Duffy worked in the service department and that as part of her job duties, she loaned dealership vehicles out to customers while their vehicles were being serviced.honda3

A criminal complaint says between January and April of 2016, Duffy abused her authority -- giving out two 2015 Honda Civics to her drug dealer in exchange for about a gram of heroin per month -- telling investigators she knew it was wrong, but she was an addict.

"I mean, you`re talking about $15,000 to $20,000 cars, and you`re getting a couple hundred dollars worth of heroin," Captain Baumann said.

Dealership officials learned about Duffy's alleged criminal activity when they received a parking ticket from the City of Milwaukee and a notice from the Milwaukee impound lot about the vehicles.honda2

The complaint says Duffy forged her boss' signature in order to have the impound lot release the vehicles to her.

"I think she had the blindness that she can get away with this as long as the vehicles came back. Unfortunately, she couldn`t control those who she gave the vehicles to -- and unfortunately, through criminal activity or through property damage of the vehicles, they were brought to the dealership's attention," Captain Baumann said.

Captain Baumann said this case highlights one of the many consequences that come with heroin and opioid addiction.

"When we see people losing their jobs, losing family members, stealing from family members, we realize that this is really hitting home hard," Captain Baumann said.honda

Duffy will make her initial appearance in court in this case on January 23rd.

5 comments

  • White is Right, right?

    Funny how all the normal constant posters on here don’t say a word when one of their own is a huge criminal. They’ll just skip to the inner city news.

    • WHITE IS ALWAYS RIGHT, BLM DUMPSTER BABIES

      You sound like a butt-hurt racist BLM uneducated idiot. I think it’s great that she hit Wilde Honda where it hurts, it’s a dealership full of scum and garbage anyways, so it’s pretty funny to see their own scum/garbage employees do this to one another… it’s not a shock at all to anyone who is familiar with that dumpster fire of a dealership.

  • Opinion8d

    My understanding was that she let her dealer USE the cars as loaners-like someone who is getting their car fixed there. She didn’t ‘steal’ them. Hope they nail the dealer and her. Hope she gets the help she needs.

  • What is not always right!!!!!!

    Your right I do see most don’t have anything to say since this woman took not one but two cars to help her addiction. Plus she kinda of made a lease agreement for the drug dealer since he/she, was giving her so much in drugs per month. I do hope she gets the help she needs because she is very young to be using such a hard drug.

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