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Jailed man suspected in string of burglaries

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Kayla Bunge
October 31, 2007
— Police suspect a Lake Geneva man now locked in the Walworth County Jail on suspicion of probation violation committed a string of burglaries in the lakes area.

City of Delavan Police Chief Tim O’Neill said officers interviewed the 44-year-old man in Lake Geneva regarding more than a dozen burglaries in the central and eastern parts of the city between Oct. 15 to 28.


“He’s not confessing,” O’Neill said of the suspect.


Police believe the man is responsible for at least two of the burglaries and are considering him a suspect in the rest.


“We’re confident we’re pursuing the right individual,” O’Neill said.


O’Neill said the burglaries all happen the same way: “Pry open a window, steal $30 worth of petty cash and leave.”


Other valuable items were left untouched in all incidents, he said.


Police believe six October burglaries at Lake Geneva businesses are connected to those in Delavan because the details are similar.


Lake Geneva Sgt. Bridget Way said small amounts of cash—between $50 and $180—were stolen, but valuable items were left untouched.


“They’re only looking for cash,” she said.


Way said police have “a couple suspects in mind,” but haven’t made any arrests.


“We’re very close to making an arrest,” she said.


The last Lake Geneva burglary was Oct. 22.


Other incidents in the area that might be related to those in Delavan and Lake Geneva include:


Williams Bay

-- Shortly after midnight Oct. 27—burglary to a residence while the owner was home and theft of a purse and its contents, including $165 cash and a cell phone.


-- Overnight Oct. 5—theft of a purse from a vehicle.


-- Between 6 p.m. Oct. 4 and 7:45 a.m. Oct. 5— theft of a purse containing $80 cash from an unlocked vehicle in a garage. The purse was found discarded in the area.


-- Between 6 p.m. Sept. 30 and 7:15 a.m. Oct. 1—theft of a purse, valued at $200, and $300 cash from a vehicle.


-- Sept. 29—theft of $450 cash from an office at Conference Point Center. Police Chief Robert Pruessing said the incident “may well not be related because it’s a little outside the time frame.”


Walworth Township


-- 2:22 p.m. Oct. 28—attempted burglary to a home. The homeowner may have scared off the burglar, said Capt. Scott McClory of the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department.


-- 4:31 a.m. Oct. 24—burglary to a home and theft of $450 cash, 20 credit cards, passports and a purse. The total value lost was $1,750.


-- 7:05 p.m. Oct. 20—entry to an unoccupied residence. There were no valuables in the residence, “just some items the person (who once lived there) had left behind,” McClory said. The investigation is closed, because the incident wasn’t an actual burglary or theft, “just entering a residence that doesn’t belong to you,” McClory said.


-- 5:41 a.m. Oct. 18—burglary to a home and theft of a purse and its contents, including $1,000 in cash and credit cards. The total value lost was $1,600.



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