Theft ends in fiery crash

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KEWAUNEE COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) – A theft in Brown County ended in a fiery crash in  Kewaunee County.
This comes as investigators search for whoever is stealing trailers around the area. 

Are the cases related? 

“In this case we hope it is not” says Kewaunee Sheriff Matthew Joski. “We hope it is a very isolated act, but we have to follow up on it. We have seen it happen historically where it starts with one complaint and then it unravels”. 

Kewaunee County investigators are working with neighboring communities to figure out if the theft of a lawnmower could be related to other stolen items. 

According to Sheriff Joski “Throughout the year unfortunately we get complaints [of thefts] whether it be lawnmowers or trailers, small tools, appliances things of those nature”. 

Deputies were called to Pine Grove Road and County V, early Wednesday morning, for a vehicle on fire. 

The driver was not hurt, but a truck, trailer, and a stolen lawnmower burned up.

The suspect admitted to taking the mower from a nearby home. It was for sale on the front lawn. 

“Of course secure your belongings make sure even your out buildings are secure” Sheriff Joski says. 

Investigators have no reason to believe this is related to a number of stolen trailers in Brown County. But, all of the thefts point to a need to document your purchases. 

“Record their VIN numbers are, sales receipts, proof that you actually do possess them” Sheriff Joski suggests. 

Also, take a picture of your expensive items. “Whether its 5 or 10 years later, it goes missing it is very difficult at that point to go back and report to law enforcement what is actually missing” he says. 

Investigators don’t have any leads on the trailer thefts in Brown County.
They are still searching for a two-tone Mercury Mountaineer, maroon and tan in color. 

It has a sticker in the passenger side rear window. If you have any information, call police or remain anonymous through Crime Stoppers at 920-432-STOP. You can also submit information online at, or text GBTIP plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

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