Waupon Officer of 20 Years Arrested in String of Wisconsin Burglaries

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Wednesday, 07 Aug 2013 01:05 PM

By Michael Mullins

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A Waupon police officer has been arrested in connection with a string of burglaries in Green Lake County, Wis.

Lieutenant Brad Young, 43, was taken into custody at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday after allegedly leading fellow police officers in a high speed chase with a stolen vehicle, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told CBS 58 News.

Young had been a police officer for over 20 years, MyFox9.com reported.

The arrest was made "with the help of the Washburn, Barron, Burnett and Douglas County SWAT teams," the sheriff revealed to CBS 58, "along with the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol, DCI and WI DNR. He is currently being held in Burnett County jail on local charges of Burglary."

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The pursuit reportedly began Sunday night when Young, while attempting to flee police, entered Walkers Kohlerville Restaurant through a window. He reportedly tripped a detection system causing a sheriff's deputy to arrive at the scene within minutes, witnesses told CBS 58.

Witnesses say Young had attempted to get money from an ATM while in the restaurant.

After police arrived at the scene, Young ran out the back of the restaurant and into a nearby cornfield, where he was able to elude authorities again.

"Green Lake is full of corn fields, that proved to be problematic in the search," Green Lake Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Mark Putzke told CBS 58.

Sheriff deputies later found Young's car in a field, in which they reportedly found multiple items they believe were used in area burglaries.

Shortly after, authorities received a report of a stolen car several miles away. Police were subsequently able to track Young by his cell phone signal as he neared Barron County allowing deputies to catch up with him on the road and giving way to a high speed chase, CBS 58 reported.

Young subsequently crashed his vehicle and allegedly stole another car before managing to elude police capture again.

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"It was a shock," Waupun Deputy Police Chief Scott Louden told CBS 58. "It was a shock to me, it was a shock to everybody down at this police department."

"He has 20 years' experience trying to catch bad guys," Fitzgerald told MyFox9. "Now, he's the bad guy."

Following Young's arrest, Green Lake County authorities were in the process of reviewing unsolved crimes in the area to determine whether any are linked to Young.

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