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.

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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