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Victims of accused burglar seek restitution

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Kevin Hoffman
November 3, 2011
— Victims of an Orfordville man police say committed dozens of burglaries over three years are asking for more than $30,000 in restitution if he’s convicted.

At least 16 victims—private residents, businesses and insurance companies—are requesting that Walworth County Court grant them reimbursement after a rash of burglaries that began in late 2009. Brandon Kinder, 27, faces burglary charges in four Wisconsin counties and already has been convicted in other felony cases.


Police believe he played a key role breaking into several homes, eight bars, two churches and one campground office. Kinder’s uncle, Daniel Hodge, who is serving a prison sentence related to the crimes, told police he joined Kinder in about 75 burglaries across the state.


Police arrested the two, and Kinder’s cousin, Matthew Kinder, after someone overheard Hodge bragging about the crimes in a bar, according to court records. Police caught them breaking into D-Day’s Bar and Grill near Cambridge.


Victims over the last few months submitted requests for restitution. They include residents and businesses in Whitewater and Delavan, seeking as much as $8,200 in some cases.


Lucke’s Cantina, a restaurant and bar in Williams Bay, is asking for close to $3,700. Kinder is accused of helping to steal an ATM from the business.


Kinder has pending criminal cases in Walworth, Rock, Jefferson and La Crosse counties. He’s scheduled to appear in Walworth County Court on Thursday, Nov. 17.



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