Suspect sought in Dairyland burglaries
An arrest warrant has been issued for a Superior man who allegedly burglarized a trio of cabins in Dairyland in June. Jeffrey Michael Lepinski, 34, faces three counts of burglary, one of which includes arming himself with a dangerous weapon, oper...
An arrest warrant has been issued for a Superior man who allegedly burglarized a trio of cabins in Dairyland in June.
Jeffrey Michael Lepinski, 34, faces three counts of burglary, one of which includes arming himself with a dangerous weapon, operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent and two felony counts of receiving stolen property. The arrest warrant was issued July 17 by Douglas County Court Commissioner Rebecca Lovejoy when Lepinski failed to make his initial court appearance.
According to the criminal complaint, Lepinski was living on land owned by his family in Dairyland. The owners of three neighboring properties reported their cabins were burglarized in June. In each case, a window had been smashed and items taken, including two TVs, an ATV, a rifle, DVDs, alcohol and household items like a laundry basket.
Another neighbor reported seeing Lepinski acting suspiciously in the area, walking down County Road T and "casing" places. Her father reported seeing Lepinski driving a green ATV he hadn't seen before and unloading a rifle from its trailer.
Det. Brad Hoyt executed a search warrant on Lepinski's residence July 1. He found many of the items that had been reported stolen, as well as a camper trailer that had been reported stolen out of Moose Lake, Minnesota, and a utility trailer reported stolen from Burnett County. The trailer appeared to be occupied, and a casino players club card with Lepinski's name on it was found with men's clothing in the closet.
The most serious charge, burglary arming self with a dangerous weapon, carries a maximum penalty of 15 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $50,000.