Burglar who claimed dead son gave them permission to be in house takes deferred prosecution

Burglar who claimed dead son gave them permission to be in house takes deferred prosecution
Elaine Karpinen, Lydia Looper

One of the two burglars who were caught in the act at an east Madison home in March took a deferred prosecution for one of her charges associated with the incident, according to a news release.

Madison police said that at about 10:23 p.m. on March 28, a concerned neighbor on East Buckeye Road notified police about a burglary in progress after seeing lights on inside a nearby house.

The witness told police that the 85-year-old homeowner was away and no one should be inside.

Responding officers saw a basement window had been broken, according to the report. They detected movement inside the home and set up a perimeter. Two intruders were inside and taken into custody.

Elaine D. Karpinen, 38, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and bail jumping. Lydia L. Looper, 27, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of being a party to a crime of burglary.

Police said drawers had been rifled through in the home, and one of the suspected burglars had stolen items, including jewelry, in her pockets. The other suspect claimed the son of the homeowner had recently given her permission to be in his mother’s house. Police said it was later determined that the son she mentioned had died many months ago.

According to court documents, Looper pleaded guilty on Sept. 28 to receiving or concealing stolen property, and her charge of burglary to a building or dwelling was dismissed. Her sentence was deferred.

Karpinen is scheduled to be back in court Dec. 4 on the charges she faces.

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