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DNA evidence links suspect to 2015 Grafton pool break-in PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 21:48

DNA found at the scene of a break-in at the Grafton Family Aquatic Center a year-and-a-half ago has led authorities to a 19-year-old Grafton man who was charged Monday in connection with the crime.

Jonathan J. Prag faces one felony count of burglary for the June 22 or 23, 2015, break-in at the outdoor swimming pool. He also faces one misdemeanor count of criminal damage to property. 

According to the criminal complaint filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court,  on June 23, 2015, police officer Daniel Radtke met with Department of Public Works Supervisor Gary Helm, who reported that someone had broken into the pool area and building either the previous night or early that morning. Helm noted that the person apparently cut himself and left a trail of blood in the building.

Radtke found a hard drive tower in the shallow end of the pool, as well as a broken monitor, scanner, cordless phone and other items.

Pool manager Ashley Moldenhauer told the officer that when she left the pool at 8:45 p.m. on June 22, the facility was secure except for the doors leading from the locker rooms in the building to the pool deck.

Moldenhauer said that in addition to the damaged electronics, a laptop computer was missing and cash bags had been opened, the complaint states.

The damaged electronics had a total value of $620. The stolen computer had a value of $800 and a $20 bill was missing, according to the complaint.

Police collected blood left at the scene and sent it to the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory for DNA testing. 

One of the first breaks in the case came on Aug. 13, 2015, when authorities received information from AT&T that the laptop stolen from the pool building had logged onto a U-verse account belonging to Prag’s mother, who lived with him at the time, the complaint states.

Then late last month, authorities were informed by the state crime lab that DNA from the blood found at the scene matched Prag’s DNA, according to the complaint.

On Monday, Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Sandy Williams set Prag’s bail at $1,000 and ordered him not to have contact with the Grafton Family Aquatic Center or any of it’s employees. According to court records, Prag posted bail later that day.

Burglary carries a maximum punishment of 7-1/2 years in prison and five years of extended supervision.

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