GREEN BAY AREA REGIONAL NEWS: Brown County

Update: All 21 subjects identified in connection with Ledgeview burglaries, says Brown Co. Sheriff

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FRIDAY 11/8/19 3:30 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) — The Brown County Sheriff’s Office has released an update on their investigation into numerous burglaries in the Township of Ledgeview.

Officials say they received numerous tips from the community regarding this case and all 21 subjects were positively identified.

Subjects range in age between 16 and 20 years old, according to the Sheriff’s Office, and four were referred to Juvenile Authorities.

Seventeen subjects were referred to the Brown County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Officials say the predominantly identified offenses are burglary and criminal trespass to dwellings.

Arrested 18-year-old in Ledgeview burglaries says he ‘needed property for photo props’

FRIDAY 10/25/19 3:10 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) — The 18-year-old arrested in connection with the Ledgeview residential burglaries turned himself in to authorities, according to court documents.

Seth Owens of De Pere told the Brown County Sheriff’s Office he “decided to come to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office and turn [himself] in.”

Owens’ friend reportedly told him about the house, which was believed to be “abandoned.”

Owens says he entered the home three times this summer, with “one or more people” and “took property each time.”

Here is are items Owens too, according to the criminal complaint:

  • Clothing
  • Toy cars
  • Typewriter
  • Approximately 100 books
  • Two boxes estimated to contain thousands of stamps
  • Toy train car
  • Light fixture
  • Board games
  • About 10-15 cardboard cigar boxes
  • A couple of watches
  • A blanket
  • Wooden cigar box
  • A couple of LEGO sets

Owens told authorities he “knew that it was wrong and illegal for me to enter the house that does not belong to me without permission and take property that does not belong to me.”

He went on to say that he “was kind of desperate at the time as I was broke and desperate at that point.”

Owens reportedly is into photography and “needed property for photo props.” The criminal complaint states Owens told deputies he “was just trying to save some money having to buy the props. I did not steal the property for resale purposes.”

“I stopped going to the house because I had taken plenty. I believe the total value of the property that I took is about $200 to $300 but is priceless to the property owner,” Owens told officials.

The criminal complaint adds that Owens states he “[wants] to apologized to property owners for taking their property and want to assist the police in getting what I have in my possession back to them.”

Owens was scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon. Court documents show he faces three counts of burglary of a building or dwelling as a party to a crime.

One arrested, nearly 20 identified in connection with Ledgeview residential burglaries

FRIDAY 10/25/19 2:13 p.m.

LEDGEVIEW, Wis. (WFRV) — The Brown County Sheriff’s Office say they have now identified about 20 people in connection with residential burglaries in Ledgeview this summer.

Officials say almost half of those people turned themselves in after surveillance photos were released.

“We now know most of the people who stole property from the residence are adults but we also now know that some of the persons in the photos we released are juveniles,” says the sheriff’s office.

Those juveniles will be handled by citation or juvenile referral, officials add.

An 18-year-old was arrested in this case.

Authorities say some of the stolen property has been recovered and they continue to document those items.

“We still have additional people to locate and speak to in connection with this investigation so we will not be providing too many specifics at this time.”

The Sheriff’s Office says the residence, located on Hawthorn Heights Drive in Ledgeview, is owned but unoccupied.

“The property is overgrown and in need of maintenance. It seems that the property has been described as “spooky” which has contributed to the number of burglaries at this residence.”

Those involved in the incidents under investigation are encouraged to contact the sheriff’s office.

“We also want to warn those who are curious about this “spooky house” to stay away. Not only is it illegal to enter it is also dangerous. There are areas of the property that are not stable and other hazards that could result in serious injury or death.”

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to call the Brown County Sheriff’s Office at 920-448-4230. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward by contacting Green Bay Area Crime Stoppers by phone at #920-432-7867, through their website at 432stop.com, or by downloading the P3 tip app through Google Play or the App Store.

Brown Co. Sheriff asking for help identifying suspects of residential burglaries

WEDNESDAY 10/23/19 5:24 p.m.

LEDGEVIEW, Wis. (WFRV) — The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance from the community in identifying the suspects in connection with numerous residential burglaries.

Officials say a home in Ledgeview was burglarized multiple times over the course of a month.

Surveillance cameras show 14 separate occurrences of unknown subjects entering the home between July 6 and August 16.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office says those cameras documented two to four individuals entering the home on a regular basis, often in the early evening or the middle of the night.

They are seen removing personal property, sometimes wearing gloves and using flashlights.

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