Criminal charges against alleged looters, vandals in Dane County

The first criminal charges have been lodged against people accused of participating in looting and vandalism in Madison's State Street corridor and other parts of Dane County.

21-year old Mackenzee Jacobson of Janesville appeared for a court hearing Wednesday on a felony burglary charge. A criminal complaint says Jacobson told police officers he and his brother traveled to Madison to check out the ongoing protests. The complaint says early Tuesday morning, Jacobson stole a shirt and a parka from Fontana Sports on North Henry Street. Jacobson's bail was given a signature bond with a ban on being in the State Street area. "If there's some kind of a violation, we're going to have to talk about bail again and it will be that much harder to get a signature bond," Dane County Court Commissioner Jason Hanson said. "I don't want to go to court again, promise that," Jacobson said.

While Jacobson's been charged, surveillance video from the store over the past several days shows at least one occasion where two dozen people race into the retailer after the door and windows were smashed.

In connection to looting at a Sun Prairie Target store Monday, 40-year old Casimer Tipton and 31-year old Lavette Brown are charged with felony burglary. They are scheduled to appear in court for their initial hearings in two weeks. But as with the incidents at Fontana in Madison, they were not the only people to allegedly loot in Sun Prairie. A criminal complaint states surveillance video shows a woman breaking a glass window at Target. "20 - 40 people are lined up behind this female and enter the vestibule area after the window is broken," the complaint says.

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