Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith introduced Local 5 This Morning viewers to four new officers within the department Thursday, January 10 during his Community Update. Chief Smith also gave the public an update on recent crimes in the city.
New Green Bay Police Officers:
Green Bay Police Officers McKenzie Burdgick, Nathan Hennig, Ashley Kurtzbach, and Steven Nurkala were all sworn in on Monday, January 7.
A String of Armed Robberies:
With the help of with other local departments, including Ashwaubenon Public Safety, police were able to arrest armed robbery suspect Jaccob Pate Tuesday morning. The 25-year-old has been charged with two counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted robbery, according to police.
Pate allegedly robbed four local businesses. First, he stole a $200 bottle of Cognac at a Green Bay liquor store Monday night and his crime spree ended with the robbery of a Luxemburg convenience store Tuesday morning. He was captured soon after while returning to his mothers home, Chief Smith said.
Shooting Suspect Search:
Police also continue their search for the suspect in a shooting early Monday morning on Green Bay’s west side. 29-year-old Josuha Thomas is believed to have shot another man in the hand near Military and Western Avenues.
The victim then walked to a nearby BP Gas Station to report the incident, according to police. He is expected to recover from his injuries.
Chief Smith tells Local 5 the department knows who their suspect is and now they are asking for the publics help in finding him.
He is believed to be armed and dangerous. Do not approach him. If you have any information call 911 immediately.
Beware of Utility Scammers:
Green Bay police are seeing an uptick in scammers, two so far this calendar year. Chief Smith says people pose as utility or water workers to gain access to houses. Mostly senior citizens are targeted.
The suspects bring the victims to the basement while an accomplice sneaks into other areas of the home to steal cash, money, jewelry, and electronics.
There were several similar types of scams around this time last year as well.
Chief Smith is warning the public to never let people into your home, always ask for IDs, and call the police if you are suspicious.
Usually, city or utility workers will not have to enter your house. Unless it is an emergency they will send a letter first.