Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Elkhorn burglar gets five years probation

by Rob Ireland

July 12, 2012

ELKHORN — A burglar who robbed a home and storage units was sentenced to five years probation July 5 by Judge John Race.

Anthony J. Chiapusio, 5441 Schmidt Road, Elkhorn, pleaded guilty April 26 to felony charges of fleeing, three counts of burglary and one count of burglary while armed with a dangerous weapon.

As a condition of Chiapusio’s probation, he must serve one year in the jail with work release privileges. He also must pay restitution, which exceeds $40,000.

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

On Sept. 23, police received a report of a burglary. The homeowner reported stolen items including a computer, a DVD player, iPads, cameras, shotguns, a rifle, a knife, a crossbow and ammunition. 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 ransacked and a tool box was stolen.

On Aug. 29, two more owners of storage units reported their units were 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 hubcaps approach the unit.

On Sept. 22, a Walworth County detective was on patrol in the city of Delavan and attempted to stop a vehicle fitting the 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.