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Man charged in Whitefish Bay home burglary attempt

Sept. 3, 2010

A 42-year-old Whitefish Bay man was charged today with two felonies in connection to an attempted burglary in the village, and police say he may be linked to six other similar burglaries on the North Shore.

Jettie L. Davis, was arrested by police after a resident in the 1500 block of North Cumberland Boulevard called at 1:30 a.m. Monday to report a suspicious person. Davis was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with possession of burglary tools and attempted entry to a building.

According the criminal complaint:

A woman who was sleeping her living room on the first floor of her house woke when her dog started to bark. The woman turned on an outside light and saw a man standing in the driveway. The man, who was carrying a black bag, turned and looked at her and then left.

When police arrived at the house, they found a chair outside the house under a kitchen window. The window screen had been cut. The woman told police the screen had been intact earlier in the day.

Based on a description the woman gave police, officers found the man and took him into custody. The man was wearing a black winter cap, a heavy black jacket and a woman's skirt with a backpack. It was a hot summer night and officers believed the clothing was worn to avoid detection.

Police recovered two flashlights, four razor blades, one black elbow length leather glove and two rubber gloves.

Davis told police he was just cutting through the yard and denied cutting the screen.

The circumstances surrounding that attempted burglary closely resemble six others in recent weeks in Whitefish Bay and Shorewood in which homes were entered by cutting first-floor window screens at night while residents slept.

The charges filed today only cover the incident on Cumberland Boulevard.

Whitefish Bay Police Lt. Ron Stefanski said the investigation into the other burglaries is continuing and it is possible additional charges may be filed.

If convicted of the possession of burglary tools, Davis faces a maximum penalty of 3 1/2 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

The maximum penalty of the attempted burglary charge is six years and three months in prison and/or a $12,500 fine.

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