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Portage Co. solves nearly $40,000 in thefts


STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - The Portage County Sheriff's Department says a two-month investigation solved a string of rural burglaries involving the theft of nearly $40,000 worth of copper wire, tools, tires and rims and other personal property from five different victims.

Detective Josh Ostrowski said Tuesday that four men were arrested in the probe: David McCracken, 41, of Wisconsin Rapids; Henry Zielinski, 38, of Plover; Dustin Yetter, 27, of Wisconsin Rapids; and Dean Shibilski, 42, of Plover.

According to Ostrowski, the investigation solved several burglaries at a Town of Sharon business, several burglaries at Town of Grant residence, a burglary at a Town of Stockton business, a theft at a Town of Plover business and a burglary at a Town of Rome residence. The Town of Rome is in Adams County.

The Town of Grant burglaries netted thieves personal property worth more than $18,000, the most of any of the break-in victims, Ostrowski said. The theft of copper wire totaled $16,000, he said.

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