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Janesville men arrested in burglaries now face 14 charges

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Gazette staff
May 24, 2008
— Two suspects arrested in connection with a rash of rural burglaries in Rock and Walworth counties now face more than a dozen charges in Walworth County.

James G. Brereton, 42, of 4208 N.W. River Road, Janesville, and Brian J. Conaway, 40, of 2115 Schaller St., Janesville, initially were charged in Rock County with one count each of burglary and misdemeanor theft when they were arrested in Janesville on Oct. 9.


The two now face 14 charges in Walworth County: armed burglary with the use of a dangerous weapon as party to a crime, three counts of burglary as party to a crime, attempted burglary as party to a crime, felony theft as party to a crime, three counts of misdemeanor theft as party to a crime, three counts of criminal damage to property as party to a crime and disorderly conduct as party to a crime.


A victim’s description of the suspects’ car and license plate tipped Walworth County detectives to obtain a court order on Oct. 5 to install a GPS device on the car, according to the criminal complaint.


Detectives tracked the car Oct. 9 as it drove around rural Rock County. At 12:13 p.m., the car stopped for about 10 minutes on West Stark Road in Janesville Township.


Two Rock County detectives later checked residences on West Stark Road and found a door kicked in on one home. A computer monitor was missing, drawers were pulled out and the contents of a jewelry box were dumped.


Patrol officers stopped the car at Highway 14 and Milton Avenue in Janesville and took the men in custody at gunpoint. They found a computer monitor in the back seat. When Conaway got out of the car, he dropped a handful of $100 bills into the ditch.


Police recovered $1,300 from the car.


Brereton and Conaway will appear in Walworth County court Tuesday.



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