Police arrest 3 burglars while investigating separate burglary

In News by Lee Bratcher


The IGA Express South convenient store in Beaver Dam was robbed early Thursday morning. While investigating the burglary, police received a call about suspicious activity just a short distance away and arrested three men robbing three storage buildings at the Magnolia Shrimp facility.

While Beaver Dam Police were investigating a burglary, they received a call that led to the arrest of three in a separate burglary nearby.

According to Beaver Dam Police (BDPD), they received a call about a burglary at the IGA Express South, also known as Keystop, in southern Beaver Dam on Thursday morning.

A thief had pulled the electric meter off the outside wall of the store to kill the power at 2:19 a.m. The perpetrator then tried to enter the store through a side door, but was unsuccessful. He then gained access to the store by throwing a stone stepping stone through the front door.

The thief was only in the store for about a minute and the only thing stolen was several cartons of Marlboro brand cigarettes. If captured, in addition to the charges that come with breaking and entering, the thief will also face felony theft charges as the dollar amount of cigarettes stolen was over $500.

The IGA Express South was closed for a time Thursday morning until the store could restore power and clean up the mess left behind.

At this time the BDPD had no leads, but the investigation is still ongoing.

BDPD Officer Brent Lindsey was still on the scene of the IGA Express burglary, when he got a call around 4 a.m. from a citizen who saw some lights at the Magnolia Shrimp business on Aqua Lane, just a short distance away from the IGA Express.

Officer Lindsey went to Magnolia Shrimp to investigate and caught three men coming out of a building. The men had broken into three buildings on the property and stolen tools. All three were arrested.

John Patrick Estep, 20, of Hartford, Richard K. Baird, 30, of Beaver Dam, and Shawn D. Howell, 20, of Hartford, were all charged with multiple counts of burglary, 2nd degree; criminal mischief, 1st degree; receiving stolen property under $10,000; burglary, 3rd degree and criminal mischief, 3rd degree.

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