Monday, November 25, 2013
11-26-13 man arrested for theft of aluminum boat pier sections in green lake county
One person is arrested and another is sought in connection with thefts of aluminum lake pier sections from Big Green Lake. Chief Deputy Sheriff Mark Putzke says during late October 2013 property owners along Big Green reported the thefts - in all totaling about $60,000. Police received a recent break in the case after a citizen reported suspicious activity on the West End of Big Green Lake. The individual reported seeing a vehicle, two male subjects in the area and a partial license plate number. On Wednesday, November 20th, Putzke says a deputy spotted the reported vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. The driver, 26-year-old Dustin Kono of Green Lake, was subsequently arrested for traffic and drug violations. Putzke says a search of the vehicle turned up pier assembly hardware and receipts for scrap metal. Kono later admitted to the thefts and named a second suspect, 29-year-old Adam Baggett of Princeton. Kono is charged in Green Lake County Circuit Court with felony theft and an arrest warrant has been issued for Baggett. Putzke says many of the piers were located at a Fond du Lac County scrap yard. Citizens are reminded to chain up or make any metal they have difficult to remove as Putzke says scrap metal thefts continue to be a problem in the county and region.