Man accused of stealing from kid's piggy bank

January 4, 2008 7:30:36 PM PST
A man has been charged with sneaking into a toddler's bedroom and stealing $20 from a piggy bank while the 2-year-old girl slept.

Authorities say DNA evidence linked Ryan A. Mueller, 30, of Sheboygan Falls to the crime that occurred Aug. 10 in Wilson.

Authorities say the girl's mother was in another room with another child when she saw a light turn on in her 2-year-old daughter's room. She walked into the girl's bedroom and saw a man shaking the piggy bank as the girl slept.

The man fled before police arrived, stealing the money but leaving the piggy bank. Authorities say blood was found on a window blind where the burglar had forced his way into the home.

Mueller was charged Thursday with felony burglary, which carries a penalty of up to 9½ years in prison. His bond was set at $10,000, and a preliminary hearing was set for next Wednesday.

Messages left Friday for his defense attorney, the prosecutor in the case and for Mueller at the jail were not immediately returned.