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Merrimac Ferry operator alerts authorities to burglary suspects

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Lucas Wille Lucas Wille
Collin Schubert Collin Schubert

VILLAGE OF DANE (WKOW) -- Dane County Sheriff's were dispatched to a burglary in progress call just before 2:00 Wednesday morning.

The suspects took off with four stolen guns and numerous power tools, but not before a neighbor was able to snap pictures of their vehicle.  Deputies used the photos to gather suspect information and then a description of the vehicle was sent to other law enforcement agencies.

An operator of the Merrimac Ferry was monitoring a police scanner and heard the description and recognized that vehicle on the ferry.  The operator was able to delay the ferry's arrival to shore and called authorities.  When docking, deputies with the Sauk County Sheriff's Department were waiting.

Merrimac resident, 28-year-old Lucas Wille, was taken into custody and a search warrant conducted on his vehicle.  Deputies were able to recover some of the stolen property.  The second suspect, 23-year-old Collin Schubert, was contacted while leaving his home on South Street in the Village of Dane.  Schubert was armed with a handgun, one stolen in the burglary, and taken into custody.  A search warrant was conducted for his home and deputies recovered more items from the burglary.

Both suspects are no at the Dane County Jail on charges of burglary while armed.
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