Discovery of cell phone leads to burglary charges in salon break-in

By 
BILL SCHANEN IV
Ozaukee Press Staff

A cell phone found near the scene of the crime led this week to criminal charges against two Illinois men accused of breaking into a Grafton nail salon and stealing cash in October.

Jameil D. Houser, 33, of Dolton, Ill., and Joshua V. Shaw, 24, of Chicago, were charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court Tuesday with being party to the crime of burglary.

Police officers were called to LyLy Nails and Spa at 1375 Port Washington Rd. at about 12:13 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, by a woman who said she was in her car near the salon when she heard breaking glass and saw two men enter the salon through a broken glass door, according to the criminal complaint.

While searching the area with a dog, officers found a cell phone in the salon parking lot that they traced to Houser, the complaint states.

On Oct. 29, Milwaukee police officers, who apparently were investigating similar burglaries there, informed Grafton authorities that Houser and Shaw were in jail in Bureau County, Ill., where they are suspects in another burglary, according to the complaint.

When interviewed by authorities, Houser said he and Shaw used Google Maps to find nail salons to break into and usually stole cash, the complaint states.

But initially, both Houser and Shaw blamed one another, each saying they served as a lookout while the other broke into the salons. That was contrary to surveillance video from the Grafton salon and the witness who said two men went into the building, and eventually Houser admitted to committing burglaries and Shaw said he sometimes went into salons with Houser to steal items, according to the criminal complaint.

Shaw also provided details of burglaries in Milwaukee County as well as Illinois, Iowa and Michigan, the complaint states. 

The owner of LyLy Nails and Spa said about $100 was stolen from the salon. 

Burglary is punishable by a maximum seven-and-a-half years in prison and five years of extended supervision, but because both Houser and Shaw are charged as repeat offenders, they would face additional time in prison. 

According to court records, Houser was convicted of burglary in Illinois in 2015, the same year that Shaw was convicted of robbery, also in Illinois. 

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