A Beloit man scaled and broke into the Wisconsin state Capitol over the weekend, shattering two windows and leaving a blood trail, according to police.
Zachary Bigelow, 27, was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor criminal damage to property and entering a locked building after he broke into the Capitol after a night out drinking at a nearby casino and Downtown, according to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court.
According to the complaint, police on Saturday morning found a broken window in a first-floor Capitol bathroom and another broken window on the fifth floor in the southwest wing. Broken glass also was found outside and blood was found throughout the building and on discarded clothing left in a bathroom.
After police tracked Bigelow down in Beloit using surveillance video that showed a man getting into a 2014 Chevrolet Impala on Saturday morning, Bigelow told police that he had been at a casino on Friday night and early Saturday morning, went Downtown to drink some more and went “exploring,” according to the complaint.
Bigelow, who had cuts on his hands and scrapes on his forearms when police found him, admitted that he broke into the building and also scaled the outside of the building, the complaint said.
Department of Administration spokesman Steven Michels said Bigelow scaled the building from the ground level to first floor of the south wing. Michels said Bigelow was able to get onto the first floor balcony but did not gain entrance to the Capitol from that location.
The break-in was reported by Capitol Police as they arrived to open up the building about 9:45 a.m. Saturday morning, according to the complaint. Administration officials with DOA declined to answer questions about whether the break-in should have triggered some sort of alarm.