UPDATE: Wed 4:18 PM, Oct. 2, 2013
Three Mosinee teens are facing numerous after investigators say they burglarized properties in Marathon, Wood, and Taylor counties.
Nick Nesbitt and Sawyer Wirkus, both 18 of Mosinee are already charged with eight counts in Taylor County including burglary, theft, criminal damage to property and driving a car without the owners consent. This week in Marathon County, 23 charges of theft, burglary and criminal damage of property were filed. Nesbitt was charged Tuesday. He's free on a $25,000 signature bond. Wirkus was charged in Marathon County Wednesday. He's also free on a $25,000 signature bond.
Investigators say another teen, Garrett Niggeman, 18, was also involved. He's charged with three counts of burglary, three counts of theft and arming himself with a dangerous weapon during a burglary. He's free on a $12,000 signature bond.
According to the criminal complaint, between May 1 and June 21 the three are accused of taking items from garages, an abandon home and two Marathon County businesses.
Nesbitt is due back in Marathon County court on October 14. Niggemann will return to court on November 11.
A booking photo of Niggemann is not available.
ORIGINAL STORY: Tues 2:01 PM, Sept. 10, 2013
A Medford High School sweatshirt left in a stolen vehicle in June helped lead investigators to two suspects in a alleged multi-county crime spree.
According to court documents, one of the suspects, Sawyer Wirkus, 17, who is scheduled to be charged later this month, told investigators on June 21 and June 22, he and another teen, Nick Nesbitt, 18, stole two vehicles, attempted to steal two others, stole a gun, and burglarized a cabin and a shed. Both teens now live in Mosinee.
Wirkus told investigators on June 21 he and Nesbitt stole a truck from Marshfield and drove to a cabin near Dorchester. Wirkus said they broke in with the intention of stealing alcohol. Once inside, Wirkus said Nesbitt picked up a gun and aimed it at him. According to the criminal complaint, Wirkus told him to point it away because it may be loaded. That's when Wirkus said Nesbitt pointed it at the truck they had stolen, and shot a hole through the hood. Wirkus said Nesbitt acted surprised, but then shot out a window of the cabin. Wirkus also told investigators Nesbitt sprayed shaving cream all over the cabin.
Wirkus told investigators the two left with the shotgun and drove around. He said the two were driving on County Road M near Medford when they passed a shed that had open doors. The two got out of the truck and walked toward the shed. Wirkus said inside, the two found an off road motorcycle and were in the process of pushing it back to the truck when Taylor County squad car drove by the truck, slammed on its brakes and turned on its siren. Wirkus said they dropped the motorcycle and took off to hide.
He said after sometime they walked back to the scene, but the truck was gone. The two believe it had been towed because it was stolen.
Wirkus said the two were sick of walking and were looking for another vehicle to take.
Wirkus said they found van that had keys in it, but when they went to get in a light in a nearby house turned on and they decided it would be too risky to take the van.
Wirkus also told investigators a short time later they found a pick-up truck that was hooked to a boat and trailer. Wirkus said he unhooked the boat and drove the two back to Marshfield.
The two also took the truck to Mosinee, eventually abandoning it in Wausau the next night.
Wirkus said when they abandoned the first stolen truck several personal items were left inside, including his Medford High School sweatshirt, an iPhone charger, a bottle of body spray, a Nike jacket, a backpack, a the stolen gun.
Investigators also believe the two were being a series of similar property crimes in Auburndale and Marshfield, however Wirkus said the two were not responsible for those crimes.
Saywer Wirkus is expected to be charged for his role on September 24.
Nicholas Nesbitt made his initial appearance Tuesday in Taylor County Court. He's charged with eight counts including burgalry with a dangerous weapon, theft and criminal damage to property. He's free on a $5,000 signature bond.