DNA links suspect to 2015 burglary in Germantown Twp.

by Eva Marie Woywod
Alan D. Smallwood, 22 of Necedah. Photo: Juneau County Sheriff's Office Alan D. Smallwood, 22 of Necedah. Photo: Juneau County Sheriff's Office

Alan D. Smallwood, 22 of Necedah, is facing a felony burglary charge, misdemeanor theft and criminal damage to property for a crime that occurred in 2015 in Germantown Township. Smallwood has been summoned to appear in Juneau County Circuit for an initial appearance on May 5 before Judge Paul Curran.

According to the criminal complaint filed by the Juneau County District Attorney’s office, on February 1 of this year Juneau County Sheriff’s Detective Jay Greeno was assigned to a 2015 burglary. Lt. McChesney assigned the case to Det. Greeno, it was a case the Lt. had been the investigating officer on at the time it originally occurred.

The burglary happened at private residence in Germantown Township. The suspect had entered the home through a front window that had been smashed. No one was home at the time of the burglary. Stolen items included an Apple iPod, a silver pendant, a diamond necklace and watches. The estimated amount of damage and items taken was $1750.

During the initial investigation, a red colored substance was located on a door frame between the house and the garage. That substance was believed to have been blood and swabs were taken.

In January of this year Lt. McChesney received a report of findings from the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory. That report matched the DNA with an offender’s profile already in the system, Alan Smallwood. Identified as an investigative lead only, the report stated they would require a standard DNA sample from the suspect.

On March 13 of this year Det. Greeno applied for and received a search warrant allowing to attain that DNA sample from Smallwood.

On March 15 the search warrant was executed on Smallwood at the Juneau County Sheriff’s office in Mauston.

The following week Smallwood arrived for an interview at the Sheriff’s office where he allegedly admitted to the burglary, stating he remembered taking the iPod but was unable to access it as it was password protected and he threw it away.

The criminal complaint goes on to state that he said he did eventually admit to taking stealing jewelry but did not remember what happened to those items.

Smallwood went on to state, according to the complaint, that he had acted alone in burglarizing the residence. He told the detective that he had taken part in multiple burglaries around that point in his life because he didn’t want to get a job to pay his bills.

Smallwood allegedly stated to the detective that he had a minor issue with drugs but that he could live without them.

The burglary of a dwelling charge is a class F felony and if convicted he may be fined not more than twenty-five thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than twelve (12) years and six (6) months.