CITY OF OCONOMOWOC — An Oconomowoc man is in jail facing felony charges after police say he burglarized two homes on the same street last week.
Christopher J. Millard Sr., 42, of 1297 Lilly Road, allegedly broke into the homes in the 1200 and 1300 blocks of Blue Dahlia Road during the early morning hours of Feb. 7 and stole tools, a TV, soda and credit and gift cards, according to a criminal complaint.
An Oconomowoc police officer was dispatched to the 1200 block of Blue Dahlia Road at about 2:30 a.m. for a report of a burglary in progress, according to the complaint. When the officer arrived, he noticed a man fleeing from the garage whom he thought to be Millard, based on previous interactions. The officer was unable to locate the man, who fled through fog.
The caller told officers she called police after noticing a silver car in her driveway that didn't belong there, then heard noises in her garage and the sound of someone trying to enter her home from the door leading to the garage.
After inspecting her garage, the woman told police she noticed she was missing several 12-packs of soda, a weed trimmer, a shop vacuum and several gift cards.
When police looked through the car in the woman's driveway — which was registered to Millard — they found most of her missing items, according to the complaint.
Another officer was dispatched to Millard's address, which is about a block away from the crime scene and spoke with Millard's son, who said his father had been on a burglary spree and left the house a few hours before, the complaint said.
Police later found Millard walking behind a home on Lilly Road, the complaint said; officers arrested him and took him to the Waukesha County jail.
A corrections officer told the Oconomowoc officer that they found debit and banking cards in Millard's underwear as he was changing into jail clothing. The cards belonged to the woman living in the 1300 block of Blue Dahlia Road. When officers met with the residents, they discovered they were missing the cards as well as a television set, which allegedly was also in Millard's car.
According to the criminal complaint, Millard was out of jail on bail for another offense on the condition he commit no other crimes.
Millard is charged with two felony counts of burglary and misdemeanor bail jumping. He faces up to 18 years in prison if he is convicted.