Burglary suspect accused of trying to sell items on Facebook

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Jim Dayton
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

JANESVILLE—Police on Tuesday arrested a Janesville man accused of burglarizing two north side businesses and trying to sell stolen items on a Facebook page, according to a news release.

Mason A. Galvan, 21, of 3019 E. Rotamer Road, Janesville, is suspected of stealing cigarettes from the Woodman's gas station at 2915 N. Lexington Drive and attempting to break into the Walgreens at 2519 Kettering St.

The first incident happened at 3:42 a.m. at the gas station. Police found signs of forced entry and determined someone had taken cigarettes from the store, according to the release.

At about 6 a.m., a Woodman's employee noticed Galvan had posted on the Janesville Swapmeet Facebook page selling cartons of cigarettes. The cigarettes matched the description of those taken from Woodman's.

Shortly after that, a Walgreens employee called police at 6:46 a.m. to report someone trying to break in by smashing windows with a pipe and propane tank. The would-be burglar was gone by the time police arrived.

Police noted Galvan's home address was near the Walgreens. They went there and found him outside his residence.

Galvan's clothing matched the Walgreens employee's description. Police found cigarettes from the Woodman's gas station inside his home, according to the release.

Galvan is in custody at the Rock County Jail. He was arrested on charges of burglary, theft, attempted burglary, criminal damage to property and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the release.

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