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Suspect in burglaries has charges across state

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David Brazy
July 23, 2011
— A Rock County man facing 57 charges across Wisconsin was ordered held in the Rock County Jail on a $20,000 cash bond Friday.

Brandon E. Kinder, 26, had five new charges—burglary, theft and three counts of felony bail jumping—added to his total by Rock County prosecutors Friday.


Kinder and his cousin Matthew A. Kinder, 22, were arrested Thursday afternoon on suspicion that they had burglarized a home in Brodhead. Matthew Kinder’s bond was set at $5,000.


Authorities suspect them in a series of burglaries in Rock County.


Brandon Kinder is facing three counts in Lafayette County, three counts in Jefferson County, 24 counts in La Crosse County, 10 counts in Vernon County, five counts in Walworth County and 12 counts in Rock County. All of the charges involve burglary, theft or criminal damage to property.


When he was arrested Thursday, Brandon Kinder was out on bond and scheduled to appear in court for charges in connection to a series of burglaries last fall.


Defense attorney Philip Brehm argued Friday for a lower cash bond. He said even though Kinder has many charges pending, he has missed only one court appearance. The purpose of bond, Brehm said, is to make sure a defendant attends court.


Court Commissioner Stephen Meyer said Kinder has been attending court, but he was violating his bond by continuing to commit crimes, making him a threat to public safety.


After the Kinders were arrested Thursday, Brodhead police and Rock County sheriff’s deputies searched the trunk of the car the pair were driving and found video game controllers and empty video game cases that had been reported stolen, according to the criminal complaint.


The sheriff’s office searched Brandon Kinder’s apartment and the car and found other items linking the pair to a series of burglaries across Rock and Green counties since the beginning of July, authorities said.


The sheriff’s office has investigated at least 19 burglaries since the beginning of the month. The department issued an alert Thursday asking the public for information that could lead to an arrest.


Capt. Jude Maurer said Friday the department is in the process of sorting through all the items taken in the search.


“We hope to be able to give all the victims their property back, but some of it could have been damaged, discarded or dispensed in some other form,” Maurer said. “We are trying to track down all of the property, but it’s hard to say what kind of end result we will have.”


Maurer said more charges could be filed as the evidence is sorted.


Both men will appear in court again at 1:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1.



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