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Two charged in series of area burglaries

Burglaries occurred in Genesee, Town of Delafield last year

A man and woman have been charged with a series of home burglaries in the towns of Delafield and Genesee in May and August last year.

Amaryllis J. Becker, 21, of Jefferson County was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Feb. 7 with four counts of burglary. James W. Walters, 28, also of Jefferson County was charged Feb. 7 with three counts of burglary.

According to the criminal complaint:

A Waukesha County Sheriff's Department deputy 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 sometime the previous night someone entered their home and stole a laptop, a wallet with about $150 in it and a purse containing about $17 and Target gift cards.

Two other residents in the neighborhood also reported break-ins, but nothing seemed to be missing.

On Aug. 28, another robbery was reported, at W290 S5587 Holiday Road, 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, the complaint said.

Detectives contacted the Target Corp. to see whether the stolen Target gift cards had been used. Target had received a call inquiring about the balance on the cards. According to the complaint, police contacted the man who made the call, who told them his friend had asked him to call, and that his friend had used the cards on Aug. 25.

Police contacted that man, who told them he had received the gift cards as a birthday present from Becker and Walters. He also said that the couple previously told him 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, the complaint said.

On Sept. 10, police searched Becker and Walter's residence in Jefferson County. Several prescription bottles belonging to Linda Olsen were seized in the search, according to the complaint.

Olsen told police 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., 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, and she admitted to participating in the burglaries, the complaint said. She also said others had participated in the burglaries who have not yet been charged. If convicted of all charges, Becker could face up to 50 years in prison and $100,000 in fines. Walters could face more than 37 years in prison and $75,000 in fines.

Both are expected to be in court next on Feb. 18.

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