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.

The Donny Show March 02, 2012 at 11:28 PM
What a looker
teecee March 03, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Hey, this is somebody's son who belongs to a family in a whole lotta pain right now.
Joe March 03, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Teecee, I couldn't agree more. No one's family is immune to bad choices, mistakes, or mental health issues. It can happen at anytime to someone you care about and love. I wish the Patch would refrain posting names and mugshots. Please try to empathize with those families that are obviously hurting.
Bob McBride March 03, 2012 at 05:41 PM
One of the reasons for posting this guy's picture and name (and btw at 21, despite the baby face, he's an adult) is to help in determining if this guy might have been responsible for other incidents out there. Somebody found something missing and seems to remember a guy who looks like this being in the area. Family acquaintance that's missing something now might put be able 2 + 2 together. Maybe the humiliation, along with the punishment, will cause him and his family to take steps to avoid a lifetime of similar behavior. Obviously whatever they were doing up until he was caught (which if the parents were unaware of this, may be nothing) wasn't working.
Pete March 03, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Brain research shows that the human brain goes through a slow maturation process. At the age when humans are first considered adults, their brains are still developing. Prior to full brain development at the age of 25...yes 25...the following are some of the behaviors that are exhibited coincidentally and not consistently: Decision making, use of appropriate judgement, ability to think clearly about long-term outcomes that stem from behaviors, and rational thinking.
Bob McBride March 03, 2012 at 07:15 PM
So what's the implication of that research as regards this case, Pete? The law says he's an adult. Do we now create two classes of adult and tailor the way actions like this are treated based on which class they fall into?
annonymous March 05, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Well, I for one am glad his picture was posted. I am one of his victims. He has signed an order of no contact with me. However, until I found this article, I did not know what the person who is supposed to stay away from me looked like. I feel exactly zero sympathy for this family in pain. He has negatively impacted a minimum of 5 families.
Anon March 05, 2012 at 11:56 PM
We too were victims of this young punk. I'm wondering how sympathetic you'd feel if he punched his fist through your front door and stole some of your keepsake jewelry like he did at my home. He took those items and was stupid enough to leave his blood on them...truly his brain needs continuing development as was suggested by Pete. And a $250 bond for his release...a joke ...look out Shorewood neighbors, he's out again and most likely needs drugs and cigarettes. In the mean time, let's feel sorry for him and his family.
NorthShoreNancy March 06, 2012 at 01:40 AM
MMOV March 12, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I live near this burglar who is out on bail, apparently, as he was nonchalantly going about his business the other day. If it's a drug problem, why isn't he in rehab? Of course, he'll be the first suspect if he breaks into someone's home around here, but who pays for the broken windows, the stolen items that aren't recovered, ect? Good for us that there's DNA evidence that will lock him up but I'm glad there's a photo--it makes me feel a little safer knowing at least I know who this guy is if I see him lingering around. Why is he loose? How do we know the pressure of facing 35 years in prison won't make him do something impulsive and commit another crime? Lock him up someplace!


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