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Arrest made in connection with serial burglary spree in southern Wisconsin

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DANE COUNTY (WKOW) -- Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the arrest of a man wanted in connection with a series of burglaries in southern Wisconsin.

Raymond M. Sanchez, III, 37 of Footville, faces multiple charges in the case.

Sanchez is currently being held in the Dane County Jail and detectives are continuing to work to identify additional victims and to return stolen property to the rightful owners.

The investigation crossed state lines and resulted in the recovery of thousands of dollars in stolen property.

Investigators have linked Sanchez to 21 burglaries of construction sites, UW Fraternity houses, retail businesses and storage lockers. Some of the property recovered includes numerous musical instruments from a Thanksgiving weekend burglary of the UW Humanities building.

Sanchez was taken into custody April 6 after a short pursuit where he crashed the stolen vehicle he was driving, according to a news release from the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

Moments before the crash, Sanchez had used the vehicle to drive through a locked garage door in a burglary attempt at Gander Outdoors near DeForest.

When detectives learned he may be storing additional stolen property at his residence in Footville, a search warrant was obtained. Detectives with the sheriff’s office recovered numerous stolen items and other evidence linking Sanchez to multiple burglaries.

The respective agencies involved formed a task force of investigators to connect the stolen property to burglaries throughout Dane County and southern Wisconsin.

During the investigation, detectives learned of two additional locations where stolen items were being stored.

Search warrants were conducted at an address in the town of Sun Prairie and at a residence of an associate of Sanchez in Tooele, Utah.

Anyone with information on Sanchez or his criminal activity is asked to call the Dane County tip line at (608) 284-6900 or online at https://danesheriff.com/CrimeTips/Other

Dane County Sheriff’s deputies, worked in conjunction with officers from UW–Madison Police, Sun Prairie Police, City of Madison Police, Fitchburg Police, Capitol Police, Janesville Police, Albany Police and the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.

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