September 16, 2011 | 09:30 AMA 33-year-old Delavan man faces felony charges after allegedly breaking into a town of Darien residence and stealing about 20 firearms.
Aubrey W. Dahl, 526 Bowers Blvd. Apt. 4, faces felony charges of burglary while arming himself with a dangerous weapon, theft of movable property and possession of a firearm by a felon.
All three charges have been elevated to repeater status because Dahl has previous convictions of armed robbery, kidnapping, false imprisonment and bail jumping.
If convicted of all counts, Dahl faces up to 49 years imprisonment and $85,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Aug. 31, police responded to a report of a burglary on Clowes Road in the town of Darien. The homeowner told police he left his residence at about 10 a.m. and didn't return until about 11 p.m.
When he returned home he saw his backdoor had been pushed open and a gun safe was missing.
The homeowner said the safe was designed to hold up to 20 guns, but believed more than 20 firearms were within it. The homeowner estimated that the cost of the weapons likely exceeded $6,000.
Recently, Dahl's father completed some work on the Darien home. The homeowner said Dahl's father wouldn't have taken anything, but didn't know if he had any coworkers help.
On Sept. 2, at 12:18 a.m., police interviewed a woman, Victoria Ireland, who was recovering from a heroin overdose. Ireland said she spoke to Dahl about committing the burglary.
Ireland said Dahl left her a note that said he had gone out to do what they "discussed." Ireland said when Dahl returned to the residence on Bowers Boulevard, he had a large gun safe inside his vehicle. The safe was opened using a circular saw.
Dahl and Ireland went to Milwaukee to sell some of the guns. The remaining firearms were placed in the apartment's attic along with other guns stolen from previous burglaries.
The gun safe was moved to the side of an apartment and covered with a tarp.
On Sept. 2, police obtained a search warrant for the residence. On the same date, police observed Dahl load items covered with a blanket into the trunk of his car. During a search, firearms were found in the car.
Inside of the attic of Dahl's apartment, police located more firearms. The Darien homeowner whose firearms were stolen, identified the weapons retrieved from Dahl's residence as belonging to him.