Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Bay man faces felony charge for burglary

March 01, 2012

WILLIAMS BAY — A 23-year-old Williams Bay man faces a felony burglary charge after allegedly breaking into a woman’s home on Feb. 17 and stealing underwear and prescription drugs.

Michael P. Oja, 158 Oakwood St., also faces misdemeanor charges of theft and second-offense drunken driving.

The felony charge carries a maximum penalty of 12-1/2 years imprisonment and $25,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

At about 1:30 a.m. police were called to a residence on High Street after a woman reported her adult daughter woke up and found a man in the kitchen.

After the woman woke up, the man ran out the back door.

After the Walworth Police officer was at the residence for about 15 minutes, he heard the Walworth County Dispatch advise that they had a man in custody about a mile away at St. Benedict Church, Fontana.

When the Walworth officer arrived, he saw a car on the church’s lawn. A deputy with the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department caught the driver, who was identified as Oja, running away from the car.

The Walworth officer saw womens underwear hanging out of Oja’s back pocket and other pairs of underwear on the ground near Oja.

When police searched Oja, they found three prescription bottles with the burglary victim’s name on it. Police also found a women’s wallet, which had cards belonging to the burglary victim.