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Police say burglars targeted Wisconsin taverns because bars in Illinois were shut down
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Police say burglars targeted Wisconsin taverns because bars in Illinois were shut down

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BURLINGTON, Wisc. — An Illinois man has been charged for his alleged involvement in multiple burglaries of taverns across Kenosha and Racine counties last year.

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Derek Devine

Devine

Derek Devine, 35, from Pekin, Illinois, was charged with two felony counts of criminal damage to property, a felony count of burglary of a building or dwelling and three misdemeanor counts of entry into a locked coin box.

According to a criminal complaint filed this week:

On Nov. 26, deputies were sent to Countryside Pub, 8225 McHenry St., Burlington, for a burglar alarm.

Upon arrival, they found that a door in the bar's beer garden area had been broken into. Three video game machines were broken into. The owner told officers that on Nov. 24, another tavern in Silver Lake in western Kenosha County was broken into and the money in the video game machines there had been stolen too. 

The damage to the machines was estimated to be about $13,600.

During the months of November and December, there was a series of tavern burglaries involving video-game machines in Kenosha and Racine counties. Surveillance video drew attention to a white SUV spotted at the scenes. The car was traced to a suspect, and the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department obtained a warrant to search the suspect's phone. 

The suspect admitted to being involved in the burglaries and being the driver of the car. He said Illinois had shut down gaming machines due to COVID-19 and that there was no money in them. He said that's why he and his accomplices targeted Wisconsin businesses. He allegedly stated that Devine was involved in the burglaries with him. 

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