Three people were charged Oct. 14 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with burglarizing Pewaukee's Midwest Sound and Light Show last February.
Jeremy Allison, 26, of Marinette; Katie Cupertino, 26, of Oak Creek; and Daniel Schroeder, 33, of West Allis were each charged with felony burglary of a building,which carries a maximum sentence of 121/2 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.
Waukesha County Sheriff's Department deputies were dispatched Feb. 24 to Midwest Sound and Light Show, N15 W22180 Watertown Road, Pewaukee, to investigate a possible burglary.
According to the criminal complaint, store owner Chad Torkelson told police that when he opened the business he noticed numerous items were missing, including two speakers, a mixing board, tripod lighting stands and several microphones.
A detective assigned to investigate the burglary was contacted by the ex-girlfriend of Schroeder, who said Schroeder burglarized the business, the complaint states. She said that in late February or early March he had stored some of the equipment at their shared residence and admitted it was stolen, the complaint alleges.
Schroeder, an ex-employee of the business, had told his then-girlfriend that he knew the security code and used it to enter the rear of the building undetected, according to the complaint.
On April 15, the detective was tipped off that Schroeder had apparently sold one of the stolen microphones to Radio Head in West Allis for $75, the complaint states. Police recovered the microphone.
The detective then contacted Schoeder's mother, who agreed to help with the investigation. She found all the stolen equipment in her residence and turned it over to police, the complaint states.
Schroeder said in a statement to police that he and Allison, a neighbor, had entered the music store using a security code. Allison's girlfriend, Cupertino, served as a getaway driver, according to the complaint.
He said that after they gained entry to the building they pulled a fuse from the breaker box to turn off any alarms or surveillance equipment, the complaint states. He said it took them 10 to 15 minutes to loot the place.
The three are expected to make an initial appearance in court Oct. 28.
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