UPDATE: More Charges Filed in Multi-County Burglary Case

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UPDATE: Wed 12:26 PM, Oct. 16, 2013

A 39-year-old Tomahawk woman, already considered a suspect in a series of burglaries in Lincoln County, will also be charged in Langlade County.

Investigators says items believed to have been stolen from a home southwest of Antigo were brought in for resale at Pawn America in Schofield last month. Court documents says the items were taken in by Michell Goersch, tying her to the crime.

During an interview with deputies, the alleged victim said he was missing a HP Laptop, St. Croix Muskie rods with reels, logging chains, a Mathew Z-7 bow with a quiver, sights, arrows, release and range finder and later reported a Toshiba Laptop was missing.

The victim said his home was broken into on September 19.

Investigators say the Mathews Z-7 bow was brought into Pawn America on September 20.

Court document said Goersch is also a suspect in burglaries that occurred in Oneida County, however, no charges have yet been filed.

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UPDATE: Fri 4:41 PM, Sept 27, 2013

A Tomahawk woman has been charged with nine counts including theft and burglary after investigators say she broke into seven properties in northeastern Lincoln County.

Investigators say numerous items were taken including an air compressor, collector coins, tools, jewelry, a laptop, a trail cam, and two paintings.

According to the criminal complaint, on September 19, a neighbor of one of the alleged victims said he confronted a woman taking two painting and tools. The woman told him she had permission to be at the property and take the items.

Sheriff's deputies contacted Pawn America in Schofield and listed the items that had been taken to see if they were at the shop. The manager was able to provide the sheriff's department with the name of a woman who brought in items matching those descriptions.

On September 26, deputies interviewed the suspect, later identified as Michell Goersch, 39.

Goersch admitted to use a screwdriver to break into some of the properties. According to the criminal complaint, Goersch said she pawned the items and used the money to buy Oxy pills, citing an addiction following a back injury.

Goersch will return to court on October 17.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Department says Goersch may face similar charges in Langlade in Oneida counties.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Fri 12:12 PM, Sept 27, 2013

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says they have arrested a 39-year-old woman believed to be the suspect in several burglaries in Lincoln, Langlade and Oneida counties.

Investigators say the woman would then pawn the stolen items.

The woman is expected to be charged Friday in Lincoln County with four counts of burglary, criminal damage to property and theft.

She could also face additional charges in Langlade and Oneida counties.

The woman's name will be released following her court hearing.


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