RACINE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Bond was set Monday at a quarter-million dollars for a sex offender in Racine accused of killing a teacher and volunteer.
Prosecutors said 65-year-old Wilbert Thomas strangled 67-year-old Sandra Teichow of Lake Geneva, while she was on her way to a Racine Laundromat last Thursday to give $100 in quarters to folks in need.
Authorities said the two came across each other when Thomas beat her head, broke her neck, and attacked her upper body with a four-pronged cane. A resident found her body in a yard near Teichow’s vehicle, and officers found several quarters under her body.
Police said Teichow managed to take a picture of Thomas with her digital camera during the attack. And although the camera was broke, a memory card kept the photo, and an investigator recognized Thomas.
He’s charged with homicide, theft, and bail jumping. Thomas is due back in court a week from Wednesday, when a judge will decide if there’s enough evidence to order a trial.
Court records showed that Thomas had a history of sexual assaults since the 1960’s, and he avoided a civil commitment as a sexual predator in the late ‘90’s. Her Facebook page said Teichow and her husband taught in Belarus, the Ukraine, and Bosnia. And Lake Geneva area residents said she was outgoing, well-liked, and committed to her community.
Among other things, Teichow managed the Main Street program in Sharon from 1995-to-2000.