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Burglaries likely are not related, police say

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Kayla Bunge
November 10, 2007

Police don’t believe a number of burglaries on the south side of Geneva Lake are related to burglaries in Lake Geneva and Delavan.


Capt. Scott McClory of the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department said there isn’t enough evidence to “connect the dots” from burglaries on the south side of the lake to burglaries in Lake Geneva and Delavan.


Police still were waiting Friday for the state Crime Lab to analyze evidence that should tell police whether the burglaries in Lake Geneva and Delavan are related.


Charges haven’t been filed against a 44-year-old man who was jailed on a probation violation Oct. 23. Lake Geneva Assistant Police Chief Mike Rasmussen said it could be months before police hear from the lab.


The suspect is believed to be responsible for at least two burglaries in Delavan in mid- to late October.


No burglaries in Lake Geneva or Delavan have been reported since the man’s arrest.


The burglaries on the south side of Geneva Lake—in Williams Bay, Fontana and Walworth Township—might be related to each other, according to police.


Reported burglaries include:


- One in Williams Bay on Oct. 27. A few vehicle break-ins in early October also were reported. Officer Dan Lauderdale said no others in the village have been reported.


- One in Fontana on Oct. 28. Police Chief Steve Olson said no others in the village have been reported.


- Three in Walworth Township between Oct. 18 and Oct. 24. An attempted burglary Oct. 28 also was reported. McClory said no others in the town have been reported.


There’s a “very good possibility” three incidents in Clinton early Thursday morning are related to the burglaries in Walworth County, Police Chief James Korth said.


The burglaries seem to be carried out in a similar fashion and similar items were stolen.


The incidents in Clinton include:


_ Two vehicle break-ins in the 400 block of Arthur Drive. A wallet, cash, debit card and dual-screen DVD player were taken. The vehicles were unlocked.


- A home burglary in the 500 block of Wagner Drive. A purse, containing credit cards and a cell phone, was taken.


- A vehicle break-in in the 800 block of Sue Lane. A wallet, medication and PlayStation Portable were taken.


Village police and the sheriff’s department are following up on a number of leads, but there are no suspects. The departments have been meeting regularly to share information. The collective investigation is ongoing.


Police remind homeowners to lock all doors and vehicles and turn on outside lights. Homeowners who are out of town should have a neighbor or police check on their house. Report anything suspicious immediately.


“Don’t give a burglar a better chance,” Olson said.



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