ELKHORN — A man who was linked to three area burglaries through DNA evidence was sentenced on Feb. 7 to probation.
Anthony J. Chiapusio, 26, 5113 Highway 50, Delavan, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary. Two additional felony burglary charges were dismissed and read into the record.
The DNA evidence linked Chiapusio to burglaries that occurred in 2010 and 2011. When he was arrested for those burglaries, Chiapusio was on probation for other burglaries.
In 2012, Chiapusio was convicted of three counts of felony burglary, one count of burglary while arming himself with a dangerous weapon and one count of fleeing.
Chiapusio was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to serve one year in the county jail with work-release privileges.
His sentence on Feb. 7, included four years of probation. A six month jail sentence was stayed, which means he will only serve the sentence if he violates the terms of his probation.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Jan. 23, 2010, police investigated a burglary in the town of Darien. On the scene, police found a cigarette butt that didn’t belong to the owners.
On Oct. 26, 2011, a town of Whitewater home was burglarized. A television and a blue ray player had been reported stolen.
An alcohol bottle was found on the scene, which police collected as evidence.
On Aug. 26, 2011, police investigated a burglary in the town of Linn.
The homeowner reported that three televisions, a bow, arrows and other items had been stolen.
It was apparent in the home that someone had used the rest room, and police collected a DNA sample from the bathroom.
The state crime lab reviewed the three DNA samples, and the samples matched Chiapusio’s DNA.