ATM thief receives probation, already serving prison
November 01, 2011 | 04:05 PMELKHORN — A registered sex offender who pleaded guilty to two felony burglary charges in Walworth County, which included the theft of an ATM from Lucke's Cantina, won't serve additional prison time for his Crimes.
Daniel J. Hodge, 33, of Janesville, already is serving a prison term for burglary charges in Jefferson and Lafayette County.
He also has burglary charges pending in Vernon and Rock counties.
In Walworth County, Hodge was sentenced to 8-1/2 years of probation, which is consecutive to the prison terms he is already serving.
He also will have to pay restitution in the amount of $15,311.
A codefendant also has been charged in the Sept. 22 ATM theft from the Williams Bay restaurant.
The ATM was later recovered in a Janesville creek.
Brandon E. Kinder, 26, 57 Newcomb St., Whitewater, has burglary charges pending in Walworth County Circuit Court. Kinder also has burglary charges pending in five other Wisconsin counties.
Hodge, a registered sex offender, was convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a child in 1998.
According to the criminal complaints:
On Sept. 22, at 8:21 a.m., Williams Bay police received a phone call from the owner of Lucke's Cantina, who reported the burglary.
When police arrived at the restaurant, they spoke to a delivery man who observed an outside door had been damaged and was open.
The delivery man walked in, saw a second open door and noticed the ATM was missing.
At the restaurant, police observed pry marks in the door jamb. A safe in the basement also was broken into.
A cash drawer and glass jar containing money for an employee memorial fund were both missing from the safe. Coats for the kitchen staff also were gone.
On Sept. 29, police found the ATM in a creek near Hanover Road, Janesville. On Sept. 30, with the owner's permission, police cut open the ATM and found the money was missing.
On Nov. 1, the Williams Bay Police Department received a press release from the Rock County Sheriff's Department which stated Hodge and Kinder were arrested for several area burglaries. The release stated the two allegedly broke into gaming machines, change machines and safes in taverns.
A detective with the Rock County Sheriff's Department interviewed Kinder about the Williams Bay burglary. Kinder admitted to stealing the ATM from the bar.
On Aug. 24, a Richmond Township resident told police his home had been burglarized. A 46-inch flat screen television — valued at $1,800 — and cash was taken from the residence.
On Oct. 29, a Rock County Sheriff's Department detective transported Hodge around the county to point out residences he burglarized. Hodge directed him over the county line and he pointed out the Richmond Township home.
Hodge said Lindsay Hartin, who is Kinder's girlfriend, drove the two to the home to burglarize it. Hartin admitted to police she drove the men to the residence.
Hartin, 157A Newcomb St., Whitewater, faces burglary charges in four Wisconsin counties — Rock, Walworth, Vernon and Jefferson.