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2 Wisconsin teens accused of summer crime spree

  • Associated Press
  • December 30, 2013 - 1:55 PM

MARSHFIELD, Wis. — Two central Wisconsin teens face dozens of charges in connection with a two-month string of burglaries and vandalism in Marathon, Taylor and Wood counties.

Sawyer Wirkus and Nicholas A. Nesbitt, who are both 18 years old and from Mosinee, face a list of charges that has grown as detectives linked them to investigations in the three counties, the News-Herald Media reported (http://mnhne.ws/1cPSsbQ ).

The teens stold vehicles, alcohol and weapons during last summer's crime spree, according to prosecutors. Authorities say they've linked the two to at least 10 burglaries.

Messages left with their attorneys Monday were not immediately returned.

Wirkus and Nesbitt were charged in September for burglaries and property damage stemming from the June 20 theft of a truck. The two drove from Marshfield to Medford, stopping at a vacant cabin to steal alcohol and a .22 caliber rifle, prosecutors allege in the criminal complaint.

Taylor County authorities recovered the truck and found items belonging to Wirkus inside. As they questioned him about that theft, he said he and Nesbitt committed other burglaries as well, the complaint states.

Nesbitt is due to be arraigned Thursday in Taylor County. Both men have a pretrial conference scheduled for Jan. 17 in Wood County.

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