Man charged in storage unit thefts

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Kevin Hoffman
Thursday, October 13, 2011
— A 23-year-old Delavan man faces multiple burglary charges after police say he broke into seven Elkhorn storage units this summer, stealing anything from lawnmowers to ammunition.

Anthony Chiapusio is charged with six counts of felony burglary, stemming from multiple thefts over a three-month period at Elkhorn Self Storage, N4327 County H, according to the criminal complaint.

Police said Chiapusio admitted to the crimes a week after fleeing a Walworth County sheriff's deputy at speeds greater than 100 mph in Delavan. He told them he lost his job this summer and was trying to find a way to make money, police said.

Chiapusio is scheduled for an initial appearance at 1 p.m. today in Walworth County Court.

According to the criminal complaint:

A man renting a storage unit reported July 26 someone had cut the lock, removing two push lawnmowers and a box of tools. Over the next 10 weeks, someone entered six more storage units in the same manner, removing items including a pedal car, camping equipment and 200 rounds of .357 ammunition.

Town of Geneva police asked local law enforcement agencies to look out for a dark Chevy Monte Carlo with no hubcaps after observing it on surveillance video driving up to the same storage units.

Sheriff's deputies located the car Sept. 22 on North Terrace Street in Delavan. When they tried to make a traffic stop, the driver fled, eventually losing deputies.

Chiapusio spoke with police Sept. 29, admitting to fleeing a week earlier because "he thought he was wanted for the burglary of the storage units." He then said he lost his job three months earlier, and entered the storage unit looking for property he could sell, according to the complaint.

Chiapusio faces an additional count of felony fleeing. Each of his burglary charges carries a maximum penalty of 12 years and six months imprisonment and a $25,000 fine.

Last updated: 6:44 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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