Bayfield County, WI (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- Charges are expected to be brought Thursday against three men accused of 40 burglaries, thefts, and property crimes in Northwest Wisconsin.
It took the teamwork of the Bayfield County Sheriff's Department and local police to apprehend these men.
The Iron River Police Evidence Room usually isn't full.
"A weed whacker there, an echo leaf blower which is a backpack leaf blower," said Iron River Police Chief Scot Eisenhower as he goes through the room.
The evidence is the aftermath of a string of property crimes in this small, Northwest Wisconsin community.
"We had four burglaries and one attempted burglary and mostly they were garages where the padlocks were cut and the suspects went into the garages removing items," says Eisenhower.
Iron River's property crimes are just a fraction of what has happened in Bayfield County in the past month. Authorities have arrested three men in connection with more than 40 separate burglaries and criminal damage to property crimes.
"It was a large area, Iron River, Washburn area, Mason. About eight or nine rural townships in Bayfield County were affected," say Bayfield County Sheriff Paul Susienka.
It was a case solved fast because of the collaboration between two separate policing agencies.
"We have open communication, we are able to talk between each other and help to solve problems...we actually become a bigger department," says Eisenhower.
"We are allows more effective with collaboration, and sharing of information; assisting each other with cases. And that's what we do and we do that well here," says Susienka.
And, in the case of the alleged three thieves.
"You have people, younger people that haven't got jobs and no source of income, they're trying to supplement their income; not in the way we recommended," says Susienka.
Authorities caught three young people on hard times that went about paying the bills, the wrong way.
Authorities say the men did confess to the crimes.