NORWAY — A family from the Town of Norway returned from vacation to find their dog sitter’s daughter had done almost $18,000 worth of damage to their home.
Marina Bruno, 18, of Milwaukee is charged with burglary and criminal damage to property, both felonies, and criminal trespass to a dwelling, a misdemeanor.
According to the criminal complaint, the family went on vacation for one week in April 2017. They’d locked up their house but told a family friend, who was going to pick up and care for the family dog, where she could find a garage door opener to gain entry to their home.
When they returned home, they smelled a burnt odor and saw that several items had been used and moved. The family’s daughter allegedly told a Racine County Sheriff’s Office deputy she suspected Bruno because Bruno had sent her Snapchats asking where the family was and when they would return.
According to the report, the deputy observed the following: A throw rug, carpet, clothes and shoes had been burned. Burnt residue was left on the stove and in a pan that was put back in the drawer and smoke detectors had been removed from their mounts. Money had been removed from an arcade machine and $20 had been removed from a piggy bank. Multiple DVDs and a glass vase were broken. A spilled sticky substance was on the wood floors and other items had been damaged.
According to the report, the family also found items that did not belong to them such as a bra, personal lubricant, a rosary, smoking vapor instruments, cigarettes, partially consumed drinks and McDonald’s bags with receipts.
The intruders had also ridden a snowmobile on the property, causing damage to the grass.
The family’s insurance provider assessed that the property loss was valued at $17,976, according to the report.
Officials used the McDonald’s receipts to pull up the location’s video, which showed Bruno and two other individuals.
According to the report, Bruno initially denied being in the home but later admitted she’d been with her mother when they picked up the dog and later stayed over at the house. Bruno also allegedly admitted to being involved or present while the house was being damaged.
Bruno was scheduled to have her initial appearance on Tuesday but it was rescheduled for 1:30 p.m. on March 14.