Blood Left at Scene Leads to Charges in Shorewood Burglaries, ATM Theft
Local man is tracked back to burglaries after he leaves evidence at one house and on an earring sold to a jewelry shop.
A Shorewood man is facing charges for allegedly breaking into two homes and stealing money from a woman as she made a cash withdrawal from an ATM machine.
Joel Benaderet, 21, was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Thursday with two counts of burglary and one count of theft from a person or corpse. If convicted, he faces up to 35 years in prison and $75,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
In December, Benaderet broke into two homes in the 3800 block of North Frederick Avenue and stole jewelry, a laptop computer and a bag containing 60 various gemstones. He then gave many of the items to a friend who pawned them at an area jewelry shop.
During one of the burglaries, Benaderet left blood at the scene and his blood was also discovered on an earring stolen and sold from one of the burglaries.
On Jan. 8 a woman was getting cash out of an ATM in the 4000 block of North Oakland Avenue and when the money was dispensed, Benaderet swiped it out of the slot and ran away on foot.
Eight days later police went to discuss a matter with Benaderet and he was wearing the same jacket from the time of the ATM theft. Police also obtained a DNA sample from a cigarette Benaderet had been smoking and used it to connect him to one of the burglaries.
He was assigned a $250 signature bond Friday and a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 13.