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UPDATE: Waupun Lt. facing burglary, theft charges due in court

UPDATE: Bradley Young, A Wisconsin police lieutenant who led officers on a wild manhunt on August 6th, is due in court Wednesday, March 5th for his plea hearing.

Bradley Young

UPDATED Wednesday, March 5, 2014 --- 11:38 a.m.

From our news partner WITI in Milwaukee:

BURNETT COUNTY (WITI) – Bradley Young, A Wisconsin police lieutenant who led officers on a wild manhunt on August 6th, is due in court Wednesday, March 5th for his plea hearing.

Young has been charged with burglary of a building or dwelling and misdemeanor theft.

Authorities searched for Young, wanted for burglarizing a Green Lake County restaurant and stealing a vehicle.Young was eventually captured in Burnett County.

Officials say it all began Sunday night, August 4th. Just hours after Young finished his shift at the Waupun Police Department, a robbery was reported at the nearby Piggly Wiggly grocery store.

Then, according to police, the Walkers Kollerviller Restaurant in Green Lake County was forcefully entered in the early morning hours of Monday, August 5th. Officials say they were notified by the owners, who were alerted after a detection system sounded.

Upon arrival, officials conducted an exterior search of the building. During that time, they observed Young exit the restaurant and run into a cornfield. A foot chase ensued, and police lost contact with Young.

A perimeter was established and the Green Lake Area Combined Tactical Unit was called out. Area law enforcement assisted in the perimeter including a search dog from the Fond Du Lac Police Department.

Shortly after daylight, police say a vehicle was located east of the restaurant in a field entrance.

According to officials, at approximately 2:55 p.m. a Green Lake resident, about two miles northwest of the incident, reported that his 1985 Toyota extended cab truck was stolen. Officials later located the stolen 1985 Toyota truck in Barron County, Wisconsin. After locating the vehicle, a high-speed chase ensued — which resulted in a crash.

Following the crash, Young fled the scene on foot.

He is accused of then stealing a second vehicle, before he was finally picked up in Burnett County.

The criminal complaint in the case says Young told officials he had committed various crimes throughout the state and had intended on heading to his uncle’s cabin in Burnett County to take his own life.

However, upon arriving at his uncle’s cabin, he discovered his uncle did not have any firearms, and took a jar of change, a cell phone charger and a bicycle, and headed to a residence on South Lost Lake Road, where he broke in, according to the criminal complaint.

There, he charged his phone and took a rifle and one round of ammunition, with the sole purpose of killing himself, according to the complaint.

Young told officials he had the gun in his mouth with the safety off when he took a call from his mother and spoke with his children. At that time, he decided not to kill himself, according to the criminal complaint.

Young then called 911 and turned himself in.

Young is described as a veteran officer on the small Waupun police force — a man so highly regarded by his coworkers, Deputy Chief Scott Louden could not comprehend a phone call from fellow law enforcement — saying they were on the hunt for Young.

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UPDATED Wednesday, September 18, 2013 --- 9:31 p.m.

BARRON, Wis. (AP) -- The former Waupun police officer arrested in a multi-county crime spree has pleaded not guilty to charges in Barron County.

Bradley Young entered his plea Wednesday to charges of fleeing from deputies and stealing a vehicle. The former lieutenant is also charged in Green Lake and Burnett counties where he's accused of multiple crimes, including burglary.

Reporter Media reports a plea hearing has been set Dec. 2 in Barron County.

Prosecutors say Young broke into a Berlin grocery store in June, a Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Markesan in July and a Town of Green Lake restaurant in August. He was arrested at a cabin in Burnett County following a manhunt.

After his arrest Young resigned from the Waupun Police Department, where he'd been an officer for 22 years.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, September 18, 2013 --- 8:37 a.m.

BARRON, Wis. (AP) -- The former Waupun police officer arrested in a multi-county crime spree is expected to be arraigned in Barron County.

Bradley Young is scheduled to enter a plea Wednesday to charges of fleeing from deputies and stealing a vehicle. The former lieutenant is also charged in Green Lake and Burnett counties where he's accused of multiple crimes, including burglary.

Prosecutors say Young broke into a Berlin grocery store in June, a Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Markesan in July and a Town of Green Lake restaurant in August. He was arrested at a cabin in Burnett County following a manhunt.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, August 29, 2013 --- 9:53 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Court documents say a former Waupun police officer accused of going on a burglary spree planned to kill himself in a cabin.

Prosecutors in Green Lake, Barron and Burnett counties have charged Bradley Young with multiple counts, including burglary, car theft and leading police on a high speed chase. Police captured him at a cabin outside Spooner last month.

Reporter Media reports the Burnett County criminal complaint says after Young eluded police in Barron County, he went to a family member's cabin in Burnett County. He planned to kill himself there but he couldn't find a gun at the cabin. He found a rifle in another unoccupied cabin but decided to surrender after he got a call from his mother and spoke to his children.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, August 27, 2013 --- 9:30 a.m.

WAUPUN, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin police officer accused of burglary, stealing two vehicles and leading other officers on a high-speed chase has submitted his resignation.

The Waupun Police and Fire Commission is expected to accept Lt. Bradley Young's resignation when it meets Thursday.

Young has been in the Burnett County Jail since his Aug. 6 arrest.

Waupun Police Department Deputy Chief Scott Louden tells The Reporter Media (http://fondul.ac/181oATl ) that Young has admitted stealing $3,000 from a Waupun grocery store.

Officials said previously that Young was a suspect in other burglaries as well.

He faces multiple charges in Green Lake and Barron counties, and charges are pending in Burnett County.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, August 13, 2013 --- 1:27 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Prosecutors have accused a Wisconsin police officer of going on a burglary spree, stealing two vehicles and leading officers on a high-speed pursuit.

Prosecutors in Barron and Green Lake counties filed a host of charges against Waupun Police Lt. Bradley Young on Friday, including three counts of felony burglary, possession of burglary tools and two counts of car theft.

According to court documents, Young told police he broke into a Berlin grocery store in June, a Piggly Wiggly in Markeson in July and a town of Green Lake restaurant on Aug. 5. He stole a truck and drove to northwestern Wisconsin, where he stole another car and led officers on a chase before he was apprehended.

Online court records didn't list an attorney for Young. A message

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, August 8, 2013 --- 4:44 p.m.

SIREN, Wis. (AP) -- A Burnett County judge has set bond for the Waupun police lieutenant suspected of burglarizing an eastern Wisconsin restaurant.

WEAU-TV in Eau Claire reports that the judge set a signature bond for Bradley Young of $50,000 and a cash bond of $10,000. Young was arrested on Tuesday near Spooner after triggering a manhunt and leading officers on a chase.

The Burnett County District Attorney had not filed criminal charges as of Thursday afternoon. D.A. William Norine says Young will have to post bond by Friday afternoon to be released from jail.

The 22-year veteran of the Waupon Police is suspected of breaking into a restaurant in Green Lake just after midnight on Monday. Authorities say he went on to steal two vehicles in the ensuing days.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, August 7, 2013 --- 10:56 a.m.

SIREN, Wis. (AP) -- A police lieutenant who remains jailed in Burnett County is accused of committing crimes several hundred miles away.

Waupun Police Lt. Bradley Young is accused of burglarizing a restaurant in Green Lake, stealing two vehicles and leading police on a chase before he was arrested by SWAT officers from four counties Tuesday evening.

Waupun Deputy Police Chief Scott Louden planned to meeting with agents from the state Criminal Bureau of Investigation Wednesday on Young's case. Young has been placed on administrative leave by Waupun police pending the outcome of the case against him.

State Department of Justice spokeswoman Dane Brueck says the investigation into Young's actions is ongoing. Louden says state investigators will also look into whether Young can be tied to any other burglaries in the Green Lake County area.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, August 7, 2013 --- 9:50 a.m.

From our news partner, WEAU in Eau Claire:

BURNETT COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) -- BURNETT COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) -- A massive manhunt for a cop turned fugitive has come to a close. Police on Tuesday arrested 43-year-old Bradley Young at a rural Burnett County home near Lake McKenzie.

It was a car he had stolen in Barron County that led police to the area.

"The Division of Criminal Investigation contacted us and said they had located the suspect vehicle, stolen vehicle from the Barron County high speed chase that had occurred the night before," said Ron Bauers, a captain with the Barron County Sheriff's Department.

Bauers says the car was found about a mile and a half away from the home he was at. Police then concentrated their search efforts, carefully checking each cabin for any sign of Young.

"During our systematic search we use multiple units, multiple snipers, they do some reconosence in different areas, there was multiple cabins that needed to be searched, we did not know his location, so we systematically located him eventually at the residence he did not own," Bauers added.

And it was that narrowed search that led to a big break. Young called 911, essentially turning himself in.

"He indicated to us basically we were in the area doing a systematic search and it would be inevitable for him to have been captured," Bauers said.

Bauers tells us Young did not know the people living at the house nor were they home at the time.

On Tuesday night Young was in the Burnett County Jail being interviewed by detectives. Meanwhile officers are re-cooping after what has not just been a physically demanding couple of days but mentally, too - trying to stay one step ahead of someone who knows how things work on the inside.

"We try to plan and prepare knowing in this situation he knows many of our tactics, he knows what we can and can't do, and so that was a big part of our game plan on how to outthink him," he said.

Bauers says he believes Young was also in contact with his family over the last couple days. He is facing potential burglary charges in Burnett County along with possible charges in Barron County of eluding an officer and theft of a motor vehicle, both of which are felonies.

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UPDATED Tuesday, August 6, 2013 --- 6:36 p.m.

RICE LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- The Barron County Sheriff's Office says a Waupun police officer suspected of committing a burglary and stealing two vehicles has been arrested.

A statement from Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says Lt. Bradley J. Young was arrested without incident in Burnett County of northwestern Wisconsin and is being held in the Burnett County Jail.

WEAU-TV quotes Fitzgerald as saying Young surrendered after a SWAT team surrounded him at a residence 10 miles west of Spooner.

The sheriff's statement gives few details, but says Young was arrested with the help of the Washburn, Barron, Burnett and Douglas County SWAT teams, along with help from the Wisconsin State Patrol, Division of Criminal Investigation and Department of Natural Resources.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, August 6, 2013 --- 6:12 a.m.

RICE LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- The Barron County Sheriff's Office says a Waupun police officer suspected of committing a burglary and stealing two vehicles has been arrested.

A statement from Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says Lt. Bradley J. Young was arrested without incident in Burnett County of northwestern Wisconsin and is being held in the Burnett County Jail.

The statement gives few details, but says Young was arrested with the help of the Washburn, Barron, Burnett and Douglas County SWAT teams, along with help from the Wisconsin State Patrol, Division of Criminal Investigation and Department of Natural Resources.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press
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UPDATED Tuesday, August 6, 2013 --- 5:52 a.m.

From our news partner, WEAU in Eau Claire:

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald from Barron Co. says fugitive Brad Young has been caught near Spooner. Sheriff tells us he's en route to the Burnett County jail. He turned himself in without incident.
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UPDATED Tuesday, August 6, 2013 --- 11:38 a.m.

From our news partner, WEAU in Eau Claire:

WAUPUN, Wis. (WEAU) - A deputy chief with the Waupun Police Department says he and the rest of his department are shocked that one of their lieutenants is now the subject of a massive manhunt in Barron County.

Deputy Chief Scott Louden told WEAU 13 News Lt. Brad Young is on administrative leave until he turns himself in, and then the department will work with the state's Division of Criminal Investigation and conduct an internal investigation. Young is accused of breaking into a restaurant in Green Lake, stealing two vehicles, leading officers on a car chase, and then running off into the woods near Rice Lake. Right now, Louden says Young no longer has access to the department's server. He says that means Young can no longer access his department email, although his phone still works.

Louden says he's known Young for more than 13 years. He says there was no indication to any officers or administrative staff that "this was going on." Louden says he was not aware of anything concerning or troubling Young recently.

Louden says he emailed back and forth with Young during the weekend. He calls Young a hard worker who is very professional, and does a great job as one of the department's supervisors. He says other officers look up to him as a worker. Louden says he's been in contact with Young's family, and says that they are as surprised as anybody else.

Waupun's Chief of Police is currently on medical leave, and was not available for comment.

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UPDATED Tuesday, August 6, 2013 --- 9:18 a.m.

RICE LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- Barron County sheriff's officials say a police officer wanted for burglarizing a Green Lake restaurant has apparently stolen a second vehicle.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says Waupun Officer Brad Young may have taken a 1996 white 4-door Nissan Maxima from a farm near Rice Lake. The sheriff's department issued a statewide alert for the vehicle with the license plate 480-HGK.

Fitzgerald says Young led deputies on a car chase Monday evening and fled on foot into some woods near Rice Lake. Homes in the area were temporarily evacuated.

The Green Lake County Sheriff's Department says the 43-year-old officer, dressed in camouflage, broke into Walkers Kollerville Restaurant in Green Lake about 1 a.m. Monday. A deputy chased the suspect and lost him in a cornfield. A pickup truck was stolen from a nearby residence about two hours later.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, August 6, 2013 --- 8:35 a.m.

From our news partner, WLUK in Green Bay:

We have learned more information regarding the search for Waupun Police Officer Bradley Young.

Green Lake County officials believe Young broke into the Kollerville Restaurant in Green Lake early Monday morning.

Once officials arrived at the restaurant, they found Young who ran into a nearby cornfield. They never found him.

Then Monday afternoon, a Green Lake resident reported his vehicle stolen. That truck was later located in Barron County.

Around 6 p.m. Monday, Barron County officials say Young led them on a chase, which ended in a crash.

Officials say Young left the scene and remains on the loose as of Tuesday morning. The search continues in Barron County.

Here's a description of Bradley Young:

43 yearsold
About 6'5"
About 260 lbs.
Blond hair and green eyes

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Posted Tuesday, August 6, 2013 --- 7:32 a.m.

RICE LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- The search continues in northwestern Wisconsin for a police officer wanted on criminal charges.

Barron County sheriff's officials say Brad Young led deputies on a car chase Monday evening and fled into some woods near Rice Lake on foot. Deputies, local police officers and SWAT team members searched into the night for the 43-year-old fugitive officer who's wanted for burglary and for stealing a pickup truck.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald tells WEAU-TV homes within one-square mile were temporarily evacuated while the manhunt continued. The sheriff's department says the officer remained at large Tuesday morning.

Young is listed as a lieutenant on the Waupun Police Department's website.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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