Former Rock County jailer stands mute to theft charges

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Jake Magee
Monday, September 18, 2017

JANESVILLEA former Rock County jailer accused of stealing from an inmate stood mute Monday in Rock County Court, and not-guilty pleas were entered on his behalf.

Mitchell Wellnitz, 22, of 8727 E. Avalon Road, Avalon, also waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday.

Wellnitz faces felony theft, misconduct in office and misdemeanor theft charges. He is accused of stealing a gold chain necklace and ring worth almost $3,000 from an inmate while working at the jail. He was fired after the accusations surfaced.

Inmates’ valuables are kept in a storage room, and that’s where investigators believe Wellnitz took it from, sheriff's officials have said.

The necklace and ring were sold to a Madison pawn shop for $700.

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