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Colfax man accused in foreclosure damage

MENOMONIE -- A Colfax man is accused of damaging or removing items, including a furnace and water heater, from a foreclosure house in Menomonie that would cost more than $91,000 to repair, according to testimony during a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

MENOMONIE -- A Colfax man is accused of damaging or removing items, including a furnace and water heater, from a foreclosure house in Menomonie that would cost more than $91,000 to repair, according to testimony during a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Mark S. Mouledoux, 46, 705 Balsam St., was ordered to stand trial Tuesday on a felony charge of removal or damage to encumbered property. The charge is for allegedly removing or damaging items from his then-Menomonie house that was mortgaged and later foreclosed on in November.

Mouledoux is scheduled for an arraignment Oct. 3 in Dunn County Court.

During the preliminary hearing, Royed Wollberg, marketing manager for Bremer Bank in Menomonie, said the bank had obtained an estimate to repair the home after items were taken, including glass patio doors that left the house open to the elements. The estimate was $91,215.

He also testified Mouledoux had sent a letter offering to return some of the fixtures and reinstall them, but they had been left out in the elements and were valueless. In September 2010 the house was valued at $154,900.

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According to the criminal complaint:

Menomonie police were told Nov. 4 by a default mortgage employee of Bremer Bank that Mouledoux had removed permanent fixtures from 1202 Ninth Ave. E. without the bank's permission.

The bank completed the foreclosure Nov. 1.

Three patio doors were removed allowing air and leaves to blow freely through the house. Door knobs, kitchen cabinets, heat registers, the furnace, the water heater and the outside deck railings were missing from the home. There was damage done to the sheetrock, ceilings and walls along with holes in some of the doors. Some siding was ripped off the west side of the house.

Mouledoux told police he removed the items before the bank owned the home, and a neighbor confirmed some of the items were removed in late October.

Mouledoux was told by police the bank owns the house until the mortgage is actually paid off.

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