Teen accused of breaking into Lion's Club concession stand, stealing donations collected for homeless shelter

WALWORTH COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- An Elkhorn teenager is facing charges after police say he broke into a concession stand at the Walworth County Fairgrounds and stole donations intended for the homeless.

Dillon Leonard, 17, is facing charges of Burglary of a Building or Dwelling and Misdemeanor Theft.

Officers were called to the Walworth County Fairgrounds on June 12 after the Elkhorn Lion's Club concession stand had been entered and items were missing.

A maintenance supervisor told police that it appeared that someone had removed a 4-foot by 8-foot piece of plywood that covered the rear of the stand.

One of the Lion's Club members told police that they had been collecting backpacks containing blankets, socks, and toiletries to donate to the homeless shelter. Those items were allegedly missing.

Officers spoke with someone who told police that Leonard had been bragging about breaking into the Lion's Club concession stand. That person allegedly told police that they saw at least three of the stolen backpacks at Leonard's home.

Officers spoke with several more people who had allegedly been given backpacks by Leonard. The backpacks given to people matched the description of the missing ones.

The Elkhorn Lion's Club confirmed that 12 backpacks, 10 cases of soda, 11 pairs of socks, 11 pairs of gloves, 11 scarves, 5 blankets, and 5 rolls of toilet paper were all taken. The total amount of the stolen items was a little over $500.

Officers made contact with Leonard who allegedly admitted to breaking into the concession stand and taking the items. A second suspect may have helped Leonard but they have not been officially charged. 

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