Rhinelander Burglary Suspect's Tracks in Snow Lead to Arrest

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

A 34-year-old Milwaukee County man accused of breaking into a Rhinelander cellphone store last November says he's not guilty.

Siphanh Phongsavath, 34, is charged with burglary, theft, criminal damage to property, resisting an officer, and possession of burglarious tools.

An officer with the Rhinelander Police Department said he was conducting traffic patrol around 2:30 a.m. on November 26, when he heard an alarm coming from the Verizon Wireless Store on Lincoln Street.

According to court documents, as the officer got closer to the building he noticed a floor to ceiling window smashed out of the store and a man standing inside. The officer drew his weapon and ordered the man to stop, but the suspect ran out the back of the building.

Police say they began tracking the man's footprints and caught up to him several times, asking him to stop but he did not. Police were able to arrest him after they found him hiding behind a headstone in Forest Home Cemetery.

He remains behind bars on a $125,000 . He'll return to court on March 18.

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