A second teenager has been charged with stealing items the Elkhorn Lions Club had collected for the homeless, and prosecutors also connected him with a 2017 burglary.
Walworth County prosecutors have charged Zachary M. Dornbusch, 18, of Rockford, Illinois, with party to burglary and three counts of misdemeanor theft after the Lions Club reported materials had been stolen from their concession stand at the Walworth County Fairgrounds, according to a criminal complaint filed Aug. 24.
Dillon L. Leonard, 17, of 204 N. Broad St., Eklhorn, also faces criminal charges in adult court in the theft of backpacks, gloves, cases of soda and other items in June, according to court documents.
A Lions Club member, according to the complaint, told police the items valued at $502 included:
- 12 Eastsport backpacks
- 10 cases of soda
- 11 pairs of socks
- 11 pairs of gloves
- 11 scarves
- Five blankets
- Five rolls of toilet paper
In the complaint filed against Dornbusch, prosecutors also connected him to a January 2017 break-in of the fair offices, charging the teen with party to burglary, criminal damage to property and two counts of misdemeanor theft.
Dornbusch was 16 at the time of the 2017 break-in.
The fair’s office manager told police she could feel cold air coming from the back of the office when she arrived for work Jan. 18, 2017, according to the complaint. She discovered muddy footprints and a broken window—damage later estimated at $505.
Fair officials told police a stolen Amazon Echo was worth $180, and a stolen laptop was worth $200, the complaint states.
Two other juveniles and Dornbusch mostly pointed the fingers at one another when they spoke with police, according to the complaint. Facebook messages show Dornbusch admitted to being involved with the burglary.
One unnamed juvenile took police where they dumped the Echo in a snowbank, where police found it still in its box.
Police spoke to Dornbusch on July 25, when he first denied knowing about the concession stand break-in.
“What? I wasn’t even doing that,” Dornbusch told police, according to the complaint. “I honestly don’t know because I wasn’t even in the fairgrounds.”
Eventually, Dornbusch admitted to being at the fairgrounds, but he was only a lookout, the complaint states. He also admitted to having one of the stolen backpacks.
Dillon on Aug. 3 pleaded not guilty and will next appear in court for a status conference at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26.
Dornbusch is scheduled to make his initial appearance at 1:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7.