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Elkhorn man faces 10 felonies

March 13, 2012 | 04:45 PM
After fingerprints linked him to a burglary, a 24-year-old Elkhorn man, who already had pending criminal charges, now faces a total of 10 felonies.

In three separate cases, Anthony J. Chiapusio, 5441 Schmidt Road, faces criminal charges. In the most recent case, Chiapusio faces felony charges of theft of a firearm and burglary while arming himself with a dangerous weapon.

After allegedly breaking into storage units, Chiapusio faces six counts of burglary. In another case, he faces charges of fleeing and second-degree reckless endangerment.

If convicted of all 10 counts, Chiapusio faces up to 109-1/2 years imprisonment and $245,000 in fines.

According to the most recent criminal complaint on a burglary charge:

On Sept. 23, police received a report of a burglary. The homeowner reported a computer, DVD player, I-pads, cameras, shotguns, rifle, knife, crossbow, ammunition and other items stolen. At the residence, police noticed a screen on a bedroom window had been damaged and pushed away to gain entry. The window was dusted for fingerprints, and those were sent to the state Crime lab.

The state Crime lab reported the fingerprints matched those provided by Chiapusio.

According to the criminal complaint on the other burglary charges:

On July 26, the Walworth County Sheriff's Department and the town of Geneva Police Department were contacted by the owner of Elkhorn Self Storage, in Geneva Township, about a burglary to a storage unit. The owner of the storage unit said a padlock was cut off and two lawn mowers and some tools were missing. Police investigated a series of thefts at Elkhorn Self Storage. On Aug. 9, another storage unit owner contacted police reporting her padlock was cut off, her storage unit was rummaged through and a tool box was stolen.

On Aug. 29 two more owners of storage units reported that their unit was broken into, but it didn't appear any items were missing. After these thefts, police reviewed video surveillance from the business, which showed a dark Chevy Monte Carlo driving up to the scene. On Sept. 22, an owner of a storage unit reported that his unit was broken into and ammunition was stolen. Police reviewed the surveillance footage, which showed the same dark Chevy Monte Carlo, with no hub caps, approach the unit.

On Sept. 22, a Walworth County detective was on patrol in the city of Delavan and attempted to stop a vehicle with this description, but the driver fled and the subsequent chase reached speeds of more than 100 mph.

On Sept. 29, Chiapusio was questioned by police and admitted he was driving the vehicle that fled from law enforcement.

He said he fled because he thought he was wanted for the burglary of the storage units. After the chase, he said he sold his vehicle for $300. Chiapusio told police he lost his job about three months ago and needed money, and that he broke into the units to steal items to sell.


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