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CrimeTracker 15: DeForest Police Investigate Over 35 Vehicles Damaged

Posted Wednesday, March 7, 2012 --- 4:30 a.m.

From the DeForest Police Department:

DeForest police have arrested three DeForest men for numerous counts of Criminal Damage to Property that occurred during the early morning hours of March 6th.

At approximately 2:05 a.m, officers made contact with a subject walking on Acker Parkway who had fresh cuts to his hands and was bleeding. While speaking to him, another officer observed a subject several hundred feet away crouch next to a vehicle in the driveway. Contact was made and the vehicle was found to be losing air from a tire that was recently slashed. That subject, Conrad Rauwolf, age 18, denied any criminal activity. He was cited for Criminal Damage to property and released. A search of Rauwolf yielded a bloody knife.

Reports of damaged vehicles began coming in where vehicles had their tires slashed as well as paint being gouged with a sharp object.

Over 35 separate incidents of damage were then reported over the next several hours totaling over $5500 in destroyed tires and other damage. Other damage included smashed mailboxes and an American flag.

DeForest police later arrested Rauwolf, along with Mitchell Spurgat, 18, and Robert Downs, 19 and have charged all with nearly three dozen counts of felony Criminal Damage to Property. Spurgat admitted to cutting his hands while slicing tires with the recovered knife. The case has been referred to the Dane County District Attorney’s Office for charges.

DeForest police request that any victims of damage that have not reported it to police, to do so.


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