A 36-year-old Weston man is behind bars in the Marathon County Jail after he admitted to dozens of crimes, spanning several counties.
An investigation began in March after a family noticed their storage unit in Weston had been broken into and nearly all of their possessions were gone. The renters said the items included; numerous tools, a computer, all of the families summer clothing, pots and pots, and children's toys valued at an estimated $40,000.
The family said they were in the process of buying a home and had been storing nearly all of their belongings in the unit. They also told investigators they believed insurance would not cover the loss.
On March 28, one of the alleged victims was in Pawn America in Schofield and noticed a set of speakers he believed were his. Police responded to shop and discovered the speakers had been brought in by Cory Ellis. Employees were able to provide police with other items brought in Ellis, including a Ryobi grinder, ratchets, a computer monitor, speakers, and a hammer drill. All items the man said belonged to him. Pawn America agreed to hold the items until police could verify the items belong to the alleged victim.
On May 28, Ellis was located in the Shawano County Jail. During an interview with investigators Ellis admitted to several burglaries in Marathon, Lincoln, Wood, Langlade, Clark and Portage counties.
Ellis also admitted to stealing two vehicles from Kocourek car dealership in Wausau along with two license plates from the Rib Mountain Travel Center.
According to the criminal complaint, Ellis also admitted to stealing a tool from Shopko in Rothschild, along with items from carwashes in Medford and Marshfield.
Court documents state Ellis would steal items and trade them for meth.
On May 29, Ellis allowed officers in his home and told investigators that is where he kept the stolen property. The property was seized by police.
On August 12, the family that reported their storage unit burglarized was able to go through the property and identified nearly 2/3 of it as belonging to them. The family told investigators they were still missing a lot of stuff, and items from their storage shed, had at one point, filled a 27' U-haul truck.
Ellis is behind bars in the Marathon County Jail. He'll return to court on Sept. 30.
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