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Merrimac Ferry operator spots burglary suspect on board, 2 arrested

Dane Co. deputies arrested two men after a burglary at Dane Electric in the Village of Dane. One was arrested after being spotted on the Merrimac Ferry.

Lucas Wille and Collin Schubert

UPDATE: Thursday, June 12, 2014 --- 6:18 p.m.

It's the quick thinking of strangers in one community that helped one man get thousand of dollars of stuff back.

James Lord has owned Dane Electric for the past 20 years and says he's never worried too much about locking up.

"This is a nice small town and you used to be able to let your stuff set out," Lord says.

But that safe, small town mindset was crushed early Wednesday morning when police called saying his electric shop had been broken into.

"Between the guns and the wire and the power tools I'd say $8-10,000," Lord adds.

Cherie and Jeff Konevsky live next door to the shop, and with 2 young children, they're no stranger to midnight snacks.

"Our 1-year-old woke up so he went and got a bottle and my husband then got hungry and went and sat on the couch," Cherie tells us.

But she says Jeff noticed something strange. Two men loading things into a black car across the street.

"They get out of our car and they walk back behind our garage, and he's watching them, and they're breaking into the electrical place. So while they're doing that my husband sneaks ninja style out, goes around our yard and goes up to the actual car and takes a picture of their license plate," Cherie says.

She says Jeff wanted to stop them but didn't know if they were armed so he hid in the bushes, called 911, and gave them all the information.

Then it was on the Merrimac Ferry where the operator happened to be listening to the police scanners. He recognized the make and model of the car as one that was on his ferry at the time. So he slowed the boat down and called 911 to make sure the police were waiting when the burglars drove off.

"Just a good thing that I have really great neighbors that were able to catch the people and got the license plate number," Lord says.

Police arrested Lucas Wille as he got off the ferry and they found some of the stolen property in his vehicle.
They also arrested Collin Schubert police say he was armed with a handgun reported missing in the burglary.

Lord says he's just glad he got all of his stuff back.
And as for Cherie-- she's so proud of her husband, and glad he made the safe decision to stay hidden, knowing now, that the suspects were armed.
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Posted Thursday, June 12, 2014 --- 11:13 a.m.

Dane Co. deputies arrested two men after a burglary at Dane Electric in the Village of Dane. One was arrested after being spotted on the Merrimac Ferry.

Deputies responded to a burglary in progress around 1:50 a.m. Wednesday.

Authorities say the suspects had fled with four stolen guns and a number of power tools.

An alert neighbor captured photos of their vehicle. Deputies used the information from the photos to alert other agencies.

A Merrimac Ferry operator was listening to a police scanner, heard the information and recognized the suspect vehicle on his ferry.

He called authorities and delayed the ferry's arrival to shore until Sauk Co. deputies arrived. 28-year-old Lucas Wille of Merrimac was taken into custody. Deputies say stolen property was recovered from his vehicle.

Deputies found the second suspect, 23-year-old Collin Schubert, as he left his home in the Village of Dane. Authorities say he was armed with a handgun reportedly stolen in the burglary. Deputies say they found additional items from the burglary in his home.

Both men are in jail on charges of burglary while armed.


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