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Genoa City man receives four years for burglary

October 20, 2011

ELKHORN — A 30-year-old Genoa City man, who broke into a neighbor's home and stole a safe containing $8,000 in cash, was sentenced Oct. 21 to four years in a state prison.

Ryan J. Kamps, 770 Main St. No. 4, pleaded guilty Aug. 29 to a felony burglary charge.

When he is released from prison he will have to serve an additional five years of extended supervision. Kamps also must pay $9,384 in restitution.

Another felony charge of theft and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed but considered during the sentencing. In a separate incident in Kenosha County, Kamps was sentenced Aug. 26 to 18 months of probation after he pleaded guilty to felony substantial battery.

According to the criminal complaint:

The victim had his father-in-law check on his home June 17 while he was out of town on vacation. The father-in-law contacted police after noticing a window screen and fire safe were missing. When the man returned from vacation, he told police the safe contained $8,000. He also reported that two iPod Nanos, an iPod Touch, his child's piggy bank and a bottle of alcohol were missing from the home. The man reported no one knew he was going on vacation except for his neighbor's children. Police went to the children's residence and knew the two adults who lived there, a woman and Kamps. Police later were given permission to search the residence by the woman who lives there. Inside of a jacket pocket — which the woman said belonged to Kamps — police found an iPod Nano and an iPod Touch, which had the same serial numbers of the ones that were reported stolen. Police also found a bag of marijuana and a pipe, which the woman said belonged to Kamps. Inside of a blue tote bag, police found $3,300 in cash. The woman who lives with Kamps said he was unemployed and hadn't worked since winter.