Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Police catch burglary suspect
22-year-old pushing ATM through window at 332 Fellows when officers arrived

by Steve Targo

January 24, 2013

GENOA CITY — Someone has been breaking into 332 Fellows once a month since November 2012.

On Jan. 16, after an early morning foot chase, police apprehended a 22-year-old man suspected of another break-in at the local tavern/restaurant.

“We responded to a break-in (that) was in progress,” Village Police Chief Joe Balog said over the phone Monday. “A subject was actually pushing an ATM through a window.”

He said that subject, Kory L. Myerson, Machesney Park, Ill., was taken to Walworth County Jail after he was found in someone’s garage in the 100 block of Fellows Road, “trying to wrap himself up in a blanket.”

Charges of burglary, criminal damage to property, possession of burglary tools and resisting/obstructing have been forwarded to the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office.

According to Balog, Myerson is on parole in Illinois for armed robbery.

The Jan. 16 incident marks the third time that someone recently broke into the establishment, damaged property and stole money.

Balog said the total cost of loss — damage and stolen money — from the Nov. 4 and Dec. 17 break-ins was $6,900.

The total cost of loss from the Jan. 16 incident hasn’t yet been revealed.

Balog said the Jan. 16 incident remains under investigation.

Foot chase

On Jan. 16 at 2:37 a.m., village police officers responded to a call at 332 Fellows.

When they saw the subject with the ATM, they “verbally challenged him and he just dove out the window,” Balog said. “Then the chase was on.”

Myerson reportedly led officers from Genoa City and other local departments on a foot chase from Veterans Park to an area close to Ridgeview subdivision.

Balog said they believe Myerson first ran into the woods near 332 Fellows, then through Nippersink Creek in Veterans Park.

He said they also believe Myerson fell into the creek, which helped slow him down.

“Mother Nature assisted in the apprehension because (Myerson) was soaked from about the knees down,” Balog said.

Nevertheless, he said Myerson “doubled back,” into the woods west of 332 Fellows, heading toward Ridgeview.

Balog said they received reports that he crossed Highway B, heading toward the Wisconsin-Illinois border.

Apparently, he found the garage on Fellows Road and that’s where police discovered him.

“He was basically trying to get back to his vehicle, which was parked at 332 Fellows, up on the road,” Balog said.

He also said there were tracks in the snow leading from the vehicle to 332 Fellows, and the engine compartment was still warm when police arrived.

On Nov. 4, someone broke into 332 Fellows and stole a floor-model safe.

Initially, it was reported that about $5,000 was taken.

On Dec. 17, a patrolling officer discovered someone forcibly entered 332 Fellows through the same door as in the Nov. 4 incident.

Balog said Monday that $2,800 was taken from the ATM, which was also damaged, on Dec. 17.