Two Wood County men have now been charged with stealing a neighbor's scrap metal and selling it. A third suspect is expected to be charged later this month.
Court documents say a Town of Saratoga man returned from a trip to Florida to find thousands of dollars worth of items missing from his backyard and a shed.
Investigators says tire tracks from the man's property led to the neighbors.
A deputy went to the neighbor's house. Inside the home they found power tools in the living room and other items inside the garage.
The suspect, Jared Ryan and his roommate, Michael Stevens, both 23, admitted to breaking into their neighbor's three semitrailers stealing aluminum stakes and other items that could be scrapped.
Nekoosa Scrap and Salvage confirmed the items were bought in by two men and another man identified as Christopher Allen, 49.
The business' records show that Stevens was paid $1,500 for trading in 3,000 lbs of aluminum, steel and copper during four transactions. Allen received $501 for trading in 398 lbs of batteries.
The alleged victim estimated the loss to be around $6,000, but a deputy said the loss may have been closer to $10,000.
Allen is expected to be charged Feb. 17.
Michael Stevens and Jared Ryan are charged with burglary and theft. Christopher Allen is expected to be charged with theft.
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