A man and woman were charged with a series of alleged home burglaries that took place in the Towns of Delafield and Genesee in May and August of last year.
Amaryllis J. Becker, 21, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Feb. 7 with four counts of burglary. James W. Walters, 28, was charged on Feb. 7 with three counts of burglary.
According to the criminal complaint:
A Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department officer was dispatched to W288 S5088 Rockwood Trail in the Town of Genesee on Aug. 25, 2012. The homeowners, Clifford and Darlene King, told police that during the previous night someone entered their home and stole a laptop, a wallet with approximately $150 in it and a purse containing approximately $17 and Target gift cards.
Two other residents in the neighborhood also reported break-ins, but that nothing seemed to be missing.
On Aug. 28, another robbery was reported at W290 S5587 Holiday Rd. in the Town of Genesee. Resident Nancy Wilson said she woke up at 1 a.m. and went into her living room, where she found a person wearing a black ski mask standing near the sliding glass door. Nancy woke up her husband Michael Wilson, who chased the subject out the door but did not catch him.
Nancy’s purse, containing her driver’s license, credit cards, checkbook and a digital camera, was missing.
Detectives contacted the Target Corporation and asked whether the stolen Target gift cards had been used. Target personnel said they received a call from a phone number belong to Steven Windward inquiring about the balance on the cards. When contacted, Windward said his friend Jeremy Dixon had asked him to make the call and Dixon had used the cards on August 25.
On Sept. 7, police contacted Dixon. Dixon said he had received the gift cards as a birthday present from Becker and Walters. Dixon said that the couple had allegedly told him previously that they had just committed a burglary and almost got caught.
They were pulled over as they were fleeing the area, but let go because Walters pretended he had a medical issue and needed to go to the hospital.
On Sept. 10, police searched Becker and Walter’s residence in Jefferson County. Several prescription bottles allegedly belonging to Linda Olsen were seized in the search.
Olsen said that she noticed on Aug. 14 that several pill bottles and an Xbox 360 with games were missing from her home at W304 N2518 Maple Ave. in the Town of Delafield. She did not report the items as stolen. She said someone had also entered her home on May 18 and stolen a laptop, but that she had not reported that incident either.
Police spoke to Becker on Nov. 28. She was being held on probation at a correctional facility in Fond du Lac County. She allegedly told police that she remembered participating in the burglaries for which Walters and her were charged. She also allegedly said that others, not yet charged, participated in the burglaries.
Walter’s did not provide a statement.
If convicted of all charges, Becker could face up to 50 years in prison, $100,000 in fines, or both.
Walters could face more than 37 years in prison, $75,000 in fines, or both, if convicted of all charges.
Becker and Walters’ next expected court date is Feb. 18.