Thief uses "Doorknob" Defense
Jan. 19, 2005
Port Washington - A Racine man with a self-described obsession for doorknobs has been charged with stealing tools, materials and other items from several Mequon construction sites.
According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Ozaukee County Circuit Court, Thor Jeffrey Steven Laufer, 42, told police that he stole the items from the construction sites to disguise his obsession and "so that it would look like a typical burglary rather than someone just stealing doorknobs."
On Dec. 29, Laufer waived his right to a preliminary hearing and entered a plea of not guilty.
In a preliminary hearing waiver form signed by Laufer, he stated that he had been committed to mental institutions or declared mentally ill or incompetent "numerous times."
Laufer is in custody at the Milwaukee County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.