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Colfax man arrested again for theft

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX — A 25-year-old Colfax man has been arrested yet again for theft.

Colfax Police Chief Pete Gehring reported that on the morning of April 21, he received a complaint about a theft that occurred over the weekend.

During the investigation, a confidential informant gave Police Chief Gehring information that led to the arrest of Donald J. Binder, a resident at 407 First Avenue, Apartment No. 2.

Binder was transported to jail, and during a subsequent interrogation, confirmed that he had stolen aluminum that he had taken to a salvage yard and sold, Police Chief Gehring said.

According to online court records, Binder has been arrested about a half dozen times for theft, criminal damage to property, resisting or obstructing an officer and entry into a locked coin box.

In the past, Binder has been charged with theft in connection with breaking into the Laundromat to steal coins, Police Chief Gehring said.

Police Chief Gehring noted that when Binder’s cases go through the Dunn County Circuit Court system he receives probation or a short amount of jail time and is then “right back at it again.”

The main issue in this particular case is that Binder is a repeat offender who is generally given probation, Police Chief Gehring said.

According to court records, Binder was found guilty of the theft of movable property in March of this year. Judge Rod Smeltzer ordered the sentence withheld and put Binder on one year of probation.

In April of 2013, Binder was found guilty by Judge Smeltzer on one count of the theft of movable property valued at less than $2,500. Sentence was withheld, and Binder was given one year of probation and ordered to perform ten hours of community service.

Judge Smeltzer also deferred prosecution on a felony count of burglary. On April 29, 2013, the court dismissed the felony burglary charge because Binder had successfully completed probation.

Another count of resisting or obstructing an office was dismissed on a prosecutor’s motion in April of 2012.

Dunn County Assistant District Attorney Andrew Maki has been the prosecutor in the Binder cases.

In September of 2013, Binder was found guilty of entry into a locked coin box. Again, sentence was withheld, and he was placed on one year of probation. Charges related to possession of tools to gain entry into a locked coin box and criminal damage to property were dismissed on a prosecutor’s motion.

In June of 2012, Binder was found guilty of resisting or obstructing an officer and was sentenced to 20 days in jail with Huber privileges. Judge William Stewart Jr. dismissed charges related to felony bail jumping and theft of movable property valued at less than $2,500.