Waukesha man charged in multiple burglaries, including middle school

Published on: 5/12/2014

A 25-year-old Waukesha man was accused last week of committing a spree of burglaries in April, including a break-in at Horning Middle School.

Colin Lamarche, 1415 E. Main St., was charged May 5 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with five counts of burglary. He faces 621/2 years in prison and $125,000 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha police were dispatched at about midnight April 1 to Horning Middle School, 2000 Wolf Road, to investigate a burglary. The suspect had damaged a door and shattered a window breaking into the school, but nothing was reported stolen.

A week later, the same suspect allegedly forced entry into Skateland, 1931 E. Main St. The owner reported that $300 in cash and more than $1,000 in quarters were stolen from the business. A footprint at the scene was matched to a pair of shoes found in Lamarche's possession when he was placed under arrest, the complaint states.

Two other burglaries were committed on April 28: at Waukesha Recycling Company, 1001 Tesch Court, and Sunset Bowl, 333 W. Sunset Drive. An ATM machine at Sunset Bowl was broken into and $10,000 in cash was stolen. The suspect had attempted to break into an ATM at Waukesha Recycling Company, but was unsuccessful.

Lamarche was arrested after attempting to burglarize Waukesha Recycling Company again on May 2, the complaint states.

Police searched his father's home and found $9,357.

Lamarche told police in the complaint that he spent about $500 a day on crack cocaine and heroin. He admitted to committing four of the burglaries in question, but denied breaking into the middle school.

According to court records, Lamarche is being held at Waukesha County Jail on a $5,000 cash bail.

A hearing was scheduled for Wednesday, May 14.