UPDATED: Thursday, July 21, 2011 --- 9:22p.m.
Release from Rock County Sheriff's Office:
On 07/21/11 at 1:36 pm, Deputies from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 12000 block of W. Beloit Newark Road for a report of a burglary in progress. While enroute, it was reported that a possible suspect vehicle was seen leaving the area and was later located at 103 W. Church Street in the Village of Orfordville. Officers from the Orfordville and Brodhead Police Departments assisted Rock County Deputies in taking two subjects into custody at that residence.
Detectives from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office and Brodhead Police Department later executed a search warrant on the residence and the suspect vehicle and recovered a number of stolen items believed to be linked to several other burglaries in the Rock and Green County areas.
Arrested were Brandon Edward Kinder, age 26, of Orfordville, WI and his cousin, Matthew Allen Kinder, age 22, of Beloit, WI. Both subjects are being held at the Rock County Jail pending initial court appearances on 07/25/11 at 3:00 pm.
UPDATED: Thursday, July 21, 2011 --- 9:05 p.m.
REPORTER: Chris Woodard
Police track down two men spotted leaving the scene of a home burglary.
Tonight the interrogation continues as authorities try to determine if the same men are responsible for a string of 19 burglaries this month alone in rural Rock County.
New Horizon United Methodist Church Pastor Wendy Slaback couldn't believe what she was hearing.
On the morning of July 4th the church treasurer called her to say someone had broken into the church.
Slaback says, "My heart just sank. You never think it can happen to you, especially a church."
Thieves ransacked the office and the damage was expensive and took hours to clean up.
Slaback says, "It's very frustrating to think someone would be desperate enough to do something like this."
The church is one of 19 burglaries this month alone in Rock County. Add that to 6 in Brodhead that all have a similarities and the reports and victims are adding up.
Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden says most of the burglaries are happening in rural areas, off the beaten path. Out here in the middle of a corn field, the church is no exception.
Spoden says, "These people that are victimized, there is always a certain sense of violation."
After weeks of searching police caught a break Thursday afternoon on Newark Road when a homeowner pulled up their driveway to see a car, and two men, fleeing the scene.
They had just burglarized the home and a short time later deputies found the vehicle and arrested two adult males on Church Street in Orfordville.
Spoden says, "Being able to get at least these two individuals off the street is good for Rock County."
The question now is if the same men are responsible for the other 19 burglaries, finally putting an end to the growing number of victims.
Slaback says, "If other people can be spared what we went through that's a good thing."
Spoden says at this point it's too early to tell if the men arrested today can be tied to the other 19 burglaries so they're still urging people to be careful and report any suspicious behavior.
Sheriff's deputies will also keep up increased patrols in the area.
Posted Thursday, July 21, 2011 --- 8:45 a.m.
From the Rock County Sheriff's Office:
Since the beginning of July, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office has experienced an increase in residential burglaries. To date, burglary investigations are underway in the following areas:
• 1700 block of South Murphy Road
• 1400 block of West Spring Valley Road
• 11000 block South Clinton Corners Road
• 1400 block of Old Highway 11
• 7300 and 8800 blocks of South County Highway K
• 11000 block of West Skinner Road
• 1100 block of South County Highway D
• 2900 block of East State Highway 59
• 2000 and 2100 blocks of East Ridge Road
• 9100 block of South Pinnow Grove Road
• 11000 block of West Beloit Newark Road
• 7000 block of North Tolles Road
• 1800 block of Sherwood Drive
• 9900 and 9700 blocks of West County Highway H
• 9800 block of West Laird Road
• 6700 block of South Smith Road
In response to the influx of burglaries, the Sheriff’s Office increased the number of patrols while detectives have pursued leads. Despite our efforts, burglaries continue to occur. Therefore, Sheriff Spoden would like to remind Rock County Residents to be extra vigilant in securing their property and looking after their neighbors’ property as well. Sheriff Spoden offers the following Crime Prevention Tips to take in securing your property:
• Ensure all doors and windows are locked and the locks are in working order regardless of what floor they are on. Remember to secure your home even when you are out momentarily like walking the dog or working in the yard and arm your alarm system if your home is equipped with one.
• Keep a record of the model and serial numbers of valuable items like televisions, gaming consoles, MP3 players, firearms, etc.
• Keep your Jewelry in a secure location, such as a mounted safe (not a portable one). Keep a photo record of your jewelry so it can be identified if it is ever stolen and later recovered.
• Keep your vehicle locked. Do not leave valuable items such a purse, CDs, MP3 player or laptop in plain view. Take these items inside with you. If you must leave it in the vehicle, secure it in the trunk.
• Be alert in protecting not only your home but neighbors as well. Be aware of and report suspicious persons and vehicles to law enforcement. Be cautious of strangers and when in doubt, call law enforcement. Remember that burglars often park near their targets and approach on foot so it is important to report suspicious vehicles parked in your neighborhood.
• Get to know your neighbors. See about joining or starting a neighborhood watch in your area. Look out for your neighbors’ property, as you would want them to look after yours.