Man Steals Sex Dolls
November 10, 2007 Madison, WI
Calling it a "drunken, stupid thing," a DeForest man admitted breaking into a town of Burke sex shop and stealing several blow-up dolls, among them a $270 model that talks.

Jose Sandoval led detectives to spots where he stashed the dolls and other items he took from Naughty Novelties, 6011 Highway 51, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in Dane County Circuit Court.

Sandoval was charged with burglary for taking such things as sex dolls, thong underwear, and lotion in the break-in, according to the complaint. Naughty Novelties co-owner Roger Hellenbrand told police, however, that none of the money in the store was touched.

According to the complaint: Using surveillance video from the shop, Dane County sheriff's detectives were able to see a large man get out of a General Motors car, smash through a front door, grab items from the shop and drive off.

About 10 days later, a sheriff's detective noticed a car with similar distinctive features, which included a missing hubcap and a taped-up front passenger window, parked behind the Truckers Inn, 6162 Highway 51, not far from Naughty Novelties.

When detectives stopped the car a short time later, the driver, identified as Sandoval, denied committing the burglary. Then he began to cry. Asked where the stolen items were, he said, "hidden away."

Sandoval took detectives to the cab and sleeping compartment of an abandoned semitrailer behind the Truckers Inn and a marshy area next to the motel's parking lot.

Among the items that were found was a Linn Thomas talking love doll, priced at $269.99, which is shaped to resemble the porn star of the same name. According to one review by an Internet retailer, the 5-foot-3-inch doll vibrates and blurts out recorded encouragements to its user.

Jose A. Sandoval (26)