A Camp Douglas man and a Brightson, New Jersey man face criminal charges after police say they burglarized a home in Germantown.
Edward Heaton, 31, and Anthony Ricca, 35, are charged with burglary of a dwelling party to a crime, burglary of a dwelling, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal damage to property and misdemeanor theft. They face up to 15 years, 12 years, and five years imprisonment for the first three charges respectively, and nine months imprisonment each for the other two charges.
According to the criminal complaint:
The Juneau County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a burglary at a residence on 32nd street in the Town of Germantown Feb. 20.
At the residence, a Juneau County Detective observed “fresh tire tracks in the driveway.” The tracks led up to the north facing door of the residence. The west door of the residence had been “broken out.” Deputies determined it had been broken with a “large black pipe.” The pipe was the base piece to a unassembled hammock in a box near the door.
A neighbor informed deputies he observed two male subjects leave the residence in a white Ford Explorer with New Jersey license plates.
The owner of the residence lives in the Chicago area and was contacted by phone.
The residence was found to be missing a 50 inch LG Television, a 32 inch Sanyo Television, a Dewalt Milter Saw, a Porter Cable Nail Gun, a Canary Home Security Camera, a Porter Cable Compressor, and a Onyko Stereo.
Security video from the residence was provided to the deputies. The footage showed two male subjects enter the residence. “The first male used the metal pipe to break the window. He then reached through the window frame and unlocked the door.” Watching the footage, the detective observed the individuals take the missing items from the residence.
After releasing still shots of the subjects from the video Feb. 22, the Sheriff’s department received several anonymous tips. The tips identified the subjects as Anthony Ricca and Edward Heaton.
Upon receiving photos of Ricca and Heaton, the sheriff’s department determined they matched the subjects from the security camera footage.
Deputies learned Heaton had been on probation and living in New Jersey, but had reason to believe he had relocated to Wisconsin. He was thought to be staying at a residence in Cutler.
Upon arriving at the Cutler residence, deputies observe a white Ford Explorer parked near the end of the driveway. No license plates were found to be on the vehicle.
A warrant was signed to search the property.
While executing the search warrant, the detective ran the vehicle identification number of the explorer and found it was registered to Ricca. The two televisions, stereo, saw, security system, Porter cable compressor and nail gun were located on the property.
Deputies also located “numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia including marijuana pipes, crack pipes, syringes, and baggie corners.” The clothing Ricca and Heaton were wearing while the Germantown home was burglarized were also found on the property.
An individual at the residence stated Ricca and Heaton had “been using heroin and that both have been dope sick all day.” Both Ricca and Heaton were located at the residence and are currently in the Juneau County Jail. Their first appearance in court is scheduled for March 14 at the Juneau County Justice Center.