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Man Faces the Music in Burglary of Instruments

Suspect faces nine months in prison, fines in a case where he went along with a scheme to sell stolen musical instruments, according to report

A 24-year-old Muskego man is facing charges after he allegedly helped a friend sell items burglarized from his own dad.

Derek J. Degroot was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Monday with one count of receiving stolen property. If convicted, he faces up to nine months in prison and $10,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

On June 22, a man contacted the Muskego Police Department after his home had been burglarized and numerous musical instruments had been taken. The man suspected his son, Nicholas Brylow, in the theft, saying he had seen his truck by Degroot’s house in recent days.

According to police, Brylow admitted to the theft and said he asked Degroot to help him sell the stolen instruments at a store in Kenosha. He said Degroot was reluctant at first, but he offered him $250 to help, so he agreed.

After the theft, they got a hotel room in Kenosha and Brylow went to purchase heroin, the report stated.

Degroot will make his initial appearance in court Oct. 15.  

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