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Madison man faces felony charges after allegedly taking mother’s address book

December 27, 2018

JUNEAU — A 60-year-old Madison man faces felony charges after allegedly breaking into his mother’s Watertown home and stealing her address book in order to find his brother’s address.

Donald Beran faces a felony charge for burglary and misdemeanor charges of criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct. If convicted of all the charges, he could face up to 16 years in prison and a $61,000 fine.

Beran appeared before Dodge County Circuit Court Commissioner Steven Seim on Wednesday. Beran was released on a $5,000 signature bond, but he may not have contact with his mother or her residence.

According to the criminal complaint, Beran’s mother contacted law enforcement on Saturday stating her son had broken into her home and stolen her address book. His mother said that Beran did not hurt her but came into her home by either kicking in the door or using his shoulder to gain access to the home. He also threw things around in the home after entering the house.

Police contacted Beran, and he allegedly said that he used force to enter the home, because he did not have a key, and he wanted the address book because he wanted his brother’s address.

His mother said Beran had been estranged from the family, and she said her dog had vanished in the commotion between the two. According to the criminal complaint, she did not know if he had taken the dog or if the dog got out of the home after the door was broken.

A Watertown Police Officer went outside to look for the dog and found it a short time later.

The address book was not located.

Beran has a preliminary hearing scheduled on Feb. 14.

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