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Man charged with death of cyclist now facing 12 theft charges

Man charged with death of cyclist now facing 12 theft charges

A Brooklyn man charged with striking and killing a cyclist in August on his way to work is also facing 12 counts of misdemeanor theft dating back to 2014, according to court records.

A criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Dane County Circuit Court charges Kevin Meister, 35, with stealing and later pawning landscaping equipment from his employer, Glacier Landscaping Inc. in the town of Verona, and Sub-Zero Group in Fitchburg, where he did work for Glacier, over two years.

The equipment, with a total value of more than $6,500, was allegedly sold at a Madison pawn shop.

Ten pieces were stolen from Glacier Landscaping, while the remaining two were from Sup-Zero Group. Some of the items pawned include hedge trimmers, backpack leaf blowers and concrete saws.

Meister is facing charges of a hit and run causing death and second-degree reckless homicide in the Aug. 5 death of Shelton Berel, 33, of Madison, who was struck while riding his bicycle on Lincoln Road in the town of Oregon.

A Dane County Sheriff’s Office detective who was investigating the hit and run found a letter from Pawn America in Meister’s vehicle, prompting him to search online pawn shop databases for other equipment Meister pawned, according to the complaint.

Meister has been free on bail since early November. He’s due in court Thursday on the theft charges. He’s also due in court Dec. 20 for a conference relating to the hit-and-run charges.

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Briana Reilly covers state government and politics for the Cap Times. She joined the staff in 2019, after working at Follow her on Twitter at @briana_reilly.

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The complaint charged Kevin D. Meister, 35, of Brooklyn, with hit and run resulting in death and second-degree reckless homicide for the death of Shelton Berel, 33, of Madison, who was killed on Aug. 5 when he was struck by a truck that authorities say was driven by Meister.

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