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After a few break-ins over at Piggly Wiggly, we’ve been working with the store to get additional security measures in place. As part of that security measure, one of our sergeants was able to spot a burglary in progress at the store last night just after 11 p.m.
Officers responded and cleared the building with the assistance of a Rock County K-9. After the building was cleared, officers located the suspect hiding in a vent on the roof. The suspect, Jeffrey M. Taylor, 37, of Janesville, was taken into custody for the burglary. He is also being arrested for burglaries at Piggly Wiggly reported on three other occasions: Nov. 6, Nov. 22, and Nov. 26.
Taylor was also arrested for bail jumping as he was on a $500 cash bond in a prior burglary charge.
Great job by patrol, who worked diligently to bring this suspect into custody
Update: On 10-9-18 at 11:57 PM Beloit Police had contact with a subject matching the description in the photos released earlier and contacted the Janesville Police Department. The subject was identified as Jeffrey M. Taylor age 37 of Evansville. During the follow up investigation Taylor admitted to numerous crimes including the two in Janesville. Taylor was arrested and is currently at the Rock Co. Jail waiting an initial appearance in court.
Charges: 943.10(1)(a) – Burglary 2 counts
943.20(1)(a) – Theft 2 counts
943.41(5)(a) – Fraudulent use of a credit card 5 counts
Pursuant to the directive of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3:6 Trial Publicity, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Original Message: The Janesville Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in two reported burglaries on Janesville’s east side. In both cases the burglaries occurred during the night while the homeowners were asleep and entry to the homes was through unlocked doors. Wallets and purses were stolen. Shortly after the burglaries, stolen credit cards were used at Walmart. Even though these two incidents are three days apart, the suspect is wearing the same clothing. Residents are urged to lock all doors at night, keep exterior lights on, and call if they recognize this individual.
Anyone having information about this crime or any other crime is encouraged to contact:
-Janesville Police Department at 755-3100