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DNA evidence links Green Bay man to burglaries

A Green Bay man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in multiple 2012 burglaries.

John Birk was sentenced Wednesday on a conviction of four felony burglaries across four Wisconsin counties, according to a news release from Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s office.

According to the release, Birk and his accomplices committed multiple burglaries in the summer of 2012. They entered gas stations, restaurants, convenience stores and grocery stores by sawing a hole in the roof out of which they entered and exited. Birk would then saw open ATMs and coin-operated machines and take cash.

Birk was tied to the crimes with DNA evidence and cellphone records.

Assistant Attorney General Eric Defort prosecuted the case and Judge Michael Judge sentenced Birk to 12 years of extended supervision, in addition to his prison term.

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