A 26-year-old New Berlin man is accused of burglarizing several homes in Brookfield with his friend, including the house of Waukesha County Board Member Patricia Haukhol.
Andrew J. Birk was charged on Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with burglary-armed self with dangerous weapon and three counts of burglary –– as a party to the crime. He faces up to 32-1/2 years in prison if convicted.
Birk was caught after a Pewaukee detective spotted the suspect vehicle outside Derzon Coins in West Allis.
Birk blamed his friend on the burglaries, telling investigators his friend told him they were collecting on drug debts from people in the homes, according to the complaint. However, the friend blamed the burglaries on Birk. The friend has not yet been charged.
The complaint alleges the two men burglarized the following four homes in Brookfield:
- Tulane St., July 29; $800, $800 cash and jewelery
- Toldt Forest Court, Aug. 5; GPS. Laptop, three hair trimmers, iPad
- Lamplighter Lane, Aug. 6; $5,000 in jewelry, coins and cash and $600 in U.S. stamps
- Waynescott Road, Aug. 7; handgun, wallet with $600 cash, credit cards, Medicare card, watch worth $500, gym bag, necklace and diamond earing, a bottle of oxycodone, a Sopranos DVD, a computer bag and a silver plate set