Detectives Say Wisconsin Robberies Are Connected

By KBJR News 1

February 6, 2013 Updated Feb 6, 2013 at 7:40 PM CDT

Washburn, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- A joint investigation with Douglas, Sawyer, Washburn and Bayfield Counties has led detectives to believe that three armed robberies/attempted robberies of gas stations in the area are connected.

Calls to the Sawyer, Washburn, Douglas, and Bayfield County Sheriff's Departments were not returned, how exactly these crimes are connected is still unknown.

Meanwhile legal action has been taken following one of the robberies.

Tuesday, two woman were charged in connection with the armed robbery of JT's One Stop in Solon Springs, Wisconsin.

According to the Douglas County District Attorney's office, 18-year-old Alyssa Littlewind, and 17-year-old Sarah Melton are charged with armed robbery.

The third suspect, a 16 year old boy, was taken into custody Tuesday morning after a stand-off.

We don't know yet if he will be charged as an adult or juvenile.

Meanwhile, an attempted armed robbery at the Triple-G Gas Station in Cable, Wisconsin was reported.

Authorities responded to a call Monday night that two people had entered the gas station, displayed a handgun and demanded that the clerk give him money.

Both men are thought to be in their 20's. One suspect is white, the other had his face covered with a scarf, so no further description is available.

Employees at the business say they saw a full size black pick-up with dual rear tires parked a short distance from the business shortly before the attempted robbery, however it's unclear if the truck is connected to the robbery.

Another armed robbery was reported in Trego over the weekend.

in the wake of these crimes, authorities want to remind anyone who works at a store or shop to always keep a watchful eye out.

"Whether they're asking for money or they're asking for controlled substances, give the product, don't resist the effort to steal the product and be a good witness," said Superior Police Chief Charles LeGesse. "Take note of what the person looks like, what they're driving, what hand they hold the weapon in. Those are things are what we're going to be looking for to solve the crime after the fact."

Chief LeGesse also said that calling 9-1-1 as soon as possible is very important, to relay the information when it's fresh in the memory.