Two arrested in string of Janesville burglaries

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Frank Schultz
Monday, December 9, 2013

JANESVILLE—Two Janesville men have been arrested in a string of burglaries at Janesville parks and businesses.

Andrew V. Donaldson, 18, of 920 Eisenhower Ave., Janesville, was charged with 10 counts of burglary Monday in Rock County Court.

Garrison Lytle, 18, of 2413 Hawaii Drive, was arrested at 10 a.m. Friday and Donaldson at 1:35 p.m. Friday.

The burglaries Donaldson is accused of occurred between Sept. 16, and Nov. 1, all in Janesville.

Lytle told police many details about the burglaries, the criminal complaint indicates.

Several burglaries were of offices in One Parker Place, a downtown office building. One was at the Moose Lodge, 2701 Rockport Road.

Lytle said the pair broke into maintenance sheds at Riverside Park and Rockport Park five to 10 times, taking leaf blowers, other power tools and gasoline.

They sold the tools at “some pawn shop on the south side of town,” Lytle told police.

A third male was involved in some of the burglaries, Lytle said, according to the complaint.

“Lytle stated between trips to the maintenance sheds stealing tools they would go to the casino, where they would spend the money that they were getting for the power tools. Lytle stated that Donaldson was obsessed with going to the casinos,” the complaint states.

Walmart gift cards taken from one business were used to buy “food and stuff,” Lytle told police.

Break-ins also included the Rockport Pool building, concession stands at Riverside Park and the Janesville Youth Sports Complex and Riverside Golf Course, where they tried to remove an ATM machine before an alarm scared them off.

Burglary is a felony with maximum penalties of 12 years, six months in prison and a $25,000 fine.


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