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VIDEO REPORT: New Construction Is Target of Recent Burglaries

By: Chris Woodard Email
By: Chris Woodard Email

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 --- 6:15 p.m.

Tonight the Dane County Sheriff's Office is warning people about burglaries targeting homes under construction.

Thieves are taking so much they're slowing down projects and frustrating homeowners.

We're talking about 3 different houses in 2 days.

Contractors are frustrated because they're wiring homes for the second time.

Electrician Jeff Fullmer says, "All the work went to nothing, had to start all over again."

When thieves hit a Town of Windsor home on Stepping Stone Circle they took it all.

On every wall and around every corner copper wires are cut. Huge amounts were ripped out and stolen.

Fullmer says, "We were looking at finalizing it tomorrow but, it's bad, it's bad."

Electricians were basically done with the job and today had to tell the homeowners it would be a while.

Homeowner Brook Hanson says, "When you're building your home this is the last thing you want to hear."

Three homes have been burglarized in the last two days and they're all within a few miles of each other.

Sheriff's Office PIO Elise Schaffer says, "It certainly sounds like these are connected."

It's likely thieves are after the copper to cash it in for money. They're also stealing tools and equipment like extension cords, radios, saws and compressors.

Looking to make buck thieves are doing damage to innocent homeowners and hitting contractors twice with lost product and wasted work.

Hanson says, "We came to see our house this afternoon to see how they're doing with the electrical and it's really frustrating."

Wt this point the Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone with information to come forward because they want to catch these people before it happens to someone else.

If you have any information on the thefts you're asked to call the Dane County tip line at 608-284-6900.

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Posted Wednesday, July 18, 2012 --- 11:00 a.m.

Press Release from the Dane Co. Sheriff's Office:

Madison, WI. July 18, 2012 – The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a string of new construction burglaries that have occurred in the town of Windsor this week.

Three incidents have been reported in just the last two days, all matching the same description. Thieves have been entering unsecured new construction sites during the night and stealing large amounts of copper wire, tools, and equipment. The latest incident was reported at approximately 6:45 this morning on Stepping Stone Circle in the town of Windsor. Two other addresses, one on Wolf Hollow Road and the other on Grosbeak Glenn, were reported on Tuesday, July 17th.

Contractors in the area are encouraged to secure their sites to the extent they are able. Anyone who may have witnessed activity related to these burglaries is asked to call the Dane County tip line at 608-284-6900. The Sheriff’s Office also asks anyone who may live or work near new construction in the area, to please be aware of the comings and goings of individuals and report any activity that appears suspicious.


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