Stillwater Police Arrest 3 in Connection With Weekend Car Break-ins | Crime
Stillwater Police made three arrests in connection with 9 weekend car thefts, including one in which two rifles were stolen.
A 19 year old Wisconsin man, a 17 year old with no permanent address, and a 15 year old Stillwater teen were arrested Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon. They had not yet been charged.
Stillwater Police Sergeant Jeff Stender said the trio is responsible for a string of car thefts that began Saturday and carried over into Sunday. Among the items taken were a GPS unit, a laptop computer, prescription drugs and two hunting rifles. Many of the stolen items, including the hunting rifles have been recovered.
Police say the group often went into unlocked garages and then into the cars. In all of the cases, no car windows were broken, they were simply entering unlocked cars, Stender said.
However police were still working late Wednesday to determine if the three were responsible for the theft of another weapon. On Friday a federal agent reported that a Colt .223 AR type weapon was taken from his vehicle at his Stillwater home. Police said there was no sign of forced entry to the vehicle.
Stillwater police credit cooperation between their department and Somerset Police in Wisconsin. They got a tip from Somerset that the 19 year old suspect was sending text messages to potential buyers saying that he had stolen goods for sale.
“We’re happy,” Stender said, reacting to the arrests, “We’re still concerned that rifle is still out on the street.”
The case is being reviewed by the Washington County Attorney’s office. The three face charges of felony theft of a firearm and felony theft from a motor vehicle.