West Allis man charged in Pewaukee burglary

He is implicated in incident at music equipment store

Oct. 22, 2013

Three people, including a West Allis man, 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.

According to the criminal complaint Waukesha County Sheriff's Department deputies were dispatched Feb. 24 to Midwest Sound and Light Show, W22180 Watertown Road, to investigate a possible burglary.

Store owner Chad Torkelson told police that, after he opened the business that day, he noticed numerous items were missing, including two speakers, a mixing board, tripod lighting stands and several microphones.

The investigating detective was contacted by Schroeder's ex-girlfriend, who said that, in late February or early March, Schroeder 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 said. Police recovered the microphone.

The detective then contacted Schoeder's mother, who agreed to help with the investigation, the complaint said. She found all the stolen equipment in her residence and turned it over to police.

Schroeder said in a statement to police that he and Allison, a neighbor, had entered the music store using the security code. Allison's girlfriend, Cupertino, served as a getaway driver, the complaint said.

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. According to the complaint, he said it took them 10 to 15 minutes to loot the place.

The three defendants are expected to make an initial appearance in court Oct. 28.

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