Four men have been arrested for a rash of 15 burglaries in Chippewa, Taylor and Rusk counties.
Mason A. Deridder, 24, David Engelking-Deleon, Jr., 23, Gregory Allen, 33, and Payden Montonya, 22, all from areas of Rusk County, were arrested over the past several days for burglaries in the tri-county area.
According to the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department, which worked with the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department, the men are suspected in a complex burglary operation that primarily targeted properties believed to be abandoned, in foreclosure or seasonal cabins.
Chippewa County Undersheriff Gene Gutsch said four of those 15 burglaries occurred in Chippewa County, in the rural Cornell area and north.
Among the stolen items were a car and trailer taken from Ladysmith High School, several custom truck tires, an All-Terrain Vehicle, SCUBA diving equipment, antiques, and a .25 caliber handgun.
Some of the suspects admitted to attempting to sell stolen property on Internet sites such as Craigslist and Ebay, while selling “scrap” items to local junkyards.
All four men are being held at Rusk County Jail at this time. Engelking-Deleon, Jr. and Allen were scheduled for initial appearances in Rusk County Court Thursday, and Montonya and Deridder are being held on separate $5,000 and $10,000 cash bonds.
The burglaries remain under investigation.