Police: Suspect might be connected to rash of burglaries

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Shelly Birkelo
Saturday, October 26, 2013

JANESVILLE—A Janesville man arrested on multiple charges just before midnight Friday might be connected to a rash of burglaries on the northeast side of the city.

Nicholas M. Wuthrich, 20, of 4544 E. Highway 14, Janesville, was arrested at 11:48 p.m. Friday on charges of burglary, attempted burglary, theft, battery and a probation violation, according to a Janesville Police Department news release.

“The arrest comes after the north side of Janesville has seen a rash of similar burglaries. He may or may not be associated to those burglaries and those investigations continue,” the release stated.

These 11 burglaries, not including the three Friday night, happened between June and October, said Lt. Tim Hiers.

“There's a cluster around that far north John Paul (Road)/Milton Avenue area in the residential part then some of the other ones are occurring more toward the far northeast side north of Wuthering Hills and the Wright Road area,” he said.

Hiers said police couldn't be 100 percent sure Wuthrich is responsible for the other burglaries because “we're still seeking information.”

No more new developments are expected over the weekend and the detective bureau will resume work on the case Monday, he said.

Police were dispatched to two separate residential burglaries before Wuthrich was arrested Friday night in the 4300 block of Prairie Fox Drive and 1600 block of Wildrose Way.

In one of the incidents, the burglar entered the home and stole a purse but was discovered by the homeowner causing the suspect to flee on foot.

The other burglary was only an attempt. Entry was not gained to the home.

Officers and a K-9 searched the area but could not locate the suspect, the release said.

Two hours later, police were called back to the same block of Prairie Fox Drive after a third resident in the neighborhood discovered a person in the home. When the man tried to flee, the homeowner chased him and a physical confrontation occurred. The homeowner was able to hold the suspect—Wuthrich--until officers arrived and arrested him.

Wuthrich remains in custody at the Rock County Jail.

Police stress that citizens need to be vigilant in watching their neighborhoods for suspicious activity, securing all valuables and locking all their doors.

Last updated: 9:26 am Saturday, October 26, 2013

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