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Three more charged during weekend of looting in Madison

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A storefront on State Street in Madison was smashed as a protest over the killing of George Smith turned violent
A business on State Street in Madison was smashed as a protest over the killing of George Floyd turned violent

MADISON (WKOW) -- Three men have been charged with burglary after prosecutors allege they stole items from a State Street store that had been vandalized during the first weekend of unrest in downtown Madison following the killing in Minneapolis of George Floyd.

Martin J. Engelhart, 21, Madison; Noa Q.P. Reick, 21, Middleton and Matthew J. Wagner, 35, Madison are each charged with one count of burglary, party to a crime.

Engelhart's charge also includes a repeat offender enhancer.

The store, on the 600 block of State Street, had windows smashed and the door broken in as crowds vandalized and looted buildings overnight from May 30 into May 31, 2020, according to the criminal complaint.

The store's regional security manager told investigators that more than $10,000 of merchandise had been stolen.

According to the criminal complaint, Engelhardt was identified through surveillance images that show he entered the store and took a backpack.

Investigators also recognized him from a burglary at another State Street store, plus the burglary at East Towne Mall and the battery of a clothing store employee, according to the complaint.

Engelhart was wearing the backpack from the State Street burglary during the looting at East Towne, according to the complaint.

According to a criminal complaint, Reick streamed the thefts on Facebook live which at one point showed him going into the store and grabbing merchandise.

Wagner was identified through surveillance images and a match on a license plate. Investigators also found a photo on social media showing Wagner wearing a watch shown in the looting.

Engelhart is due in court Aug. 13, Reick and Wagner are expected in court Aug. 27.

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Dan Plutchak

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