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Man facing several charges after numerous thefts in Caledonia neighborhood

CALEDONIA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A man with a criminal history is caught stealing mail and burglarizing homes during the holiday season. 

The suspect was set to get out of jail this week for a different burglary, but police say the DNA results came back just in time to keep him locked up. 

During Christmas week of 2017, several residents in Caledonia reported burglaries and mail thefts. Police now believe they have the person responsible: 39-year-old Michael Stelter. They say he stole several pieces of mail, electronics, and jewelry from different homes in his parent's subdivision in Caledonia. 

During one of his burglaries, police say Stelter left behind an empty Tequila bottle. Detectives took the DNA from the bottle and linked him to the crime. 

After a search of his parents home where he lived, police found the items he stole. Police believe he planned on pawning the items off to feed his heroin addiction. 

"The fact that he was found and now the thefts will stop and the community is safer and hopefully he can get the help he needs. I think as a member of my community, that's most important," said neighbor Monteazul Cruz-Seymour.

Stelter is being held on a $20,000 cash bond. He's due back in court on March 21. 


CALEDONIA, Wis. (CBS 58) – The Caledonia Police Department says a man was taken into custody for several thefts and burglaries carried out in December. 

According to police, 38-year-old Michael Stelter is facing numerous charges for thefts and robberies throughout a neighborhood near 6 Mile Rd. and Cliffside Drive.

Police say they used DNA evidence from one of the burglary scenes to connect the crimes to Stelter. Authorities say he has an extensive criminal history in multiple states and lives in the neighborhood near 6 Mile Rd. and Cliffside Drive.

Stelter is currently being held in the Racine County Jail. The investigation is ongoing.

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