Prosecutors link 2013 Whitewater-area and Delavan burglaries to two men in prison for armed robbery

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Jonah Beleckis
Friday, October 14, 2016

ELKHORN—Two men sentenced in Rock County Court to more than 30 years in prison for an armed robbery are now charged in Walworth County Court for burglaries in 2013.

Jesse D. Adams III, 25, and Christopher A. Kimps, 28, each face 10 party to burglary counts for a string of break-ins in the towns of Whitewater, Richmond, La Grange and Sugar Creek, according to the criminal complaint. They are charged as repeat offenders in several of the counts.

The Walworth County burglaries were between Jan. 1 and Feb. 16, 2013, and often involved forced entry, according to the complaint.

Adams and Kimps are serving prison sentences for a violent armed robbery in the town of Fulton on Jan. 11, 2013. Adams of Beloit is currently an inmate at the Green Bay Correctional Institute, and Kimps of Whitewater is an inmate at the Waupun Correctional Institute, according to online court records.

Kimps was sentenced in Rock County Court to 33 years in prison on Feb. 7, 2014, for armed robbery, felony theft of firearms, operating a vehicle without owner consent, felon in possession of a firearm and fleeing an officer. Adams also was sentenced to 33 years in prison.

Deputy District Attorney Haley Johnson said in an email the charges are being brought years after the incidents because the Walworth County assistant district attorney originally assigned to the case left the office and because the cases involve a large number of victims. 

The 33-year sentences for Adams and Kimps ensured "they were not going anywhere," Johnson said.

Adams and Kimps are mostly accused of taking TVs and other electronics from Walworth County homes. However, one charge accuses them of breaking into the Millard Community Church in Sugar Creek, according to the complaint.

Adams told detectives the TV, laptop and projector taken from the church were sold at a pawnshop, according to the complaint.

He also told detectives he and Kimps stole a TV, three guns and three laptops in one of the town of Whitewater burglaries, according to the complaint.

The maximum sentence for a charge party to burglary as a repeat offender is 12 years and six months in prison.

Security camera video of one of the burglaries shows two people dropping off a stolen car in an Office Max parking lot in Lake Geneva, according to the complaint. Police found numerous TVs, gloves and an empty Mountain Dew can in the car. Investigators extracted DNA from the gloves and soda can.

After the town of Delavan burglaries, Adams told police, he and Kimps needed money and decided to burglarize homes, according to the June complaint.

Police interviewed Kimps' former girlfriend, who said Kimps told her about the burglaries, according to both complaints.

Adams and Kimps pleaded not guilty to the town of Delavan burglary charges filed in June, according to online court records.

Kimps is scheduled for an initial appearance on the most recent set of charges at 1:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Adams already appeared in court on those charges and pleaded not guilty.

Adams is next scheduled to appear in court at 1:15 p.m. Dec. 28.

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