JUNEAU – Bond was set at $25,000 cash for a Chicago man who was charged with breaking into a town of Herman home Friday.
Travis D. White, who is currently listed in Dodge County Jail, made his initial appearance in Dodge County Court on Monday before Court Commissioner Steven Seim.
White is charged with a felony count of armed burglary and could face up to 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine if convicted.
According to the criminal complaint, a detective for the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office overheard Friday at 12:45 p.m. a report of a suspicious vehicle on Highway DW that matched a vehicle that the sheriff’s office was attempting to locate related to daytime residential burglaries in Dodge County.
Last week, Dodge County had asked for citizen’s help in locating a silver Mazda and two men who had been in the vehicle.
According to the criminal complaint, the detective found the vehicle backed into a driveway on Madison Road in eastern Dodge County and notified other officers. The detective noticed the car left the driveway and traveled south on Madison Road. The detective followed the vehicle and attempted to stop the car at the intersection of Madison Road and Highway 33 at 1:08 p.m.
The driver dropped the keys out of the vehicle and was taken into custody, but has not been charged in court as of yet. The criminal complaint against White identifies the car owner as Robert E. Couch, 37. Couch is on extended supervision as part of a 2006 sentence for an attempted first degree intentional homicide conviction.
Couch’s cell phone was ringing nonstop which led the deputies to believe that someone might have been left behind, so they returned to the home. White was found on the property and a handgun was found in his waistband.
No one was in the home at the time of the incident. The homeowner was contacted and said nothing was missing and that the items in the house were for staging because the home was for sale. The only damage to the house was a screen was knocked out of a door.
White allegedly told deputies that he entered the house because a family member had a dangerous debt and needed the money.
White previously had been convicted of a felony in Chicago in 2015.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 6.
Couch remains in custody at the Dodge County Jail.