Man charged with breaking into Pig store

Van driver caught on camera stealing $3,843 of cigarettes, complaint says
By 
BILL SCHANEN IV
Ozaukee Press staff

A 57-year-old Milwaukee man with three burglary convictions on his record was charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court last week with smashing a front window of the Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly store in Saukville and stealing nearly $4,000 worth of cigarettes on Sunday, April 24.

Donald F. Jackson faces felony counts of burglary and theft, as well as a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property.

According to the criminal complaint, Jackson cased the store before he broke into it shortly after it closed at 10 p.m., parked at a neighboring business so his vehicle wouldn’t be seen and even hid in a nearby woods after breaking the grocery store window to see if he triggered alarms.

But apparently Jackson didn’t take into account the cameras at the store and in the area that captured the burglary in detail as well as the license plate of the vehicle he was driving, which belonged to his employer and helped police track him down.

A police officer responding to the burglary found a broken window near the south front entrance of the store and noticed cigarettes were missing from the service desk.

Store surveillance video showed a man in the store taking a roll of garbage bags from a shelf, then going to the service desk where he removed two cash registers, searched drawers and cabinets and looked through money bags.

The man, later identified as Jackson, was also seen on the video packing garbage bags full of Marlboro and Newport cigarettes, the complaint states. The value of the stolen cigarettes was $3,843.

Footage from cameras outside the store showed a white, 15-passenger Ford Econo van with a #22 above the license plate pull into the Piggly Wiggly parking lot at 9:53 p.m., drive past the front of the store, then circle around the back.

The only other vehicles in the lot were those of employees, who left shortly after the store closed at 10 p.m. That’s when Jackson drove from the grocery store to the adjacent Camping World lot and parked, according to the complaint.

Video shows Jackson walking to the grocery store, checking doors to see if they were locked, then breaking a front window. After hiding in a nearby woods to see if he had triggered alarms, Jackson returned with a log to clear the broken glass, the complaint states.

Jackson is later seen on video trying unsuccessfully to break open cash register boxes behind the store.

Police traced the van Jackson was driving to Staffing Partners Inc. in Milwaukee, where an employee told them that Jackson was driving the vehicle on April 24 and GPS data from the vehicle showed he made a trip to Plymouth, then on the return trip stopped at Piggly Wiggly and Camping World from 9:57 to 10:59 p.m., according to the complaint.

When questioned by police, Jackson said he only stopped briefly on his way from Plymouth to Milwaukee on a street near an I-43 exit ramp to check an odd noise the van was making.

When confronted with the fact that GPS information showed the van at Piggly Wiggly being driven by a man matching his description, Jackson said he did not know why his work van was at the store or why the burglary suspect matched his description, the complaint states.

According to court records, Jackson was convicted of multiple counts of burglary in three Milwaukee County cases in 2004. He is charged in Ozaukee County as a repeat offender, which means he would face enhanced penalties if convicted.

He is being held in the Ozaukee County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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