PdC man nabbed for alleged home robbery

On Friday, April 7th, 2017, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a residential burglary at 6 Swingle Drive in the Prairie du Chien township.  Entry into the residence had been forcefully gained and approximately $18,000.00 worth of items were stolen. During the course of the investigation, Ian Thiel (Age 42) of Prairie du Chien became a suspect. 
   On Thursday, April 20th, 2017, Investigators initiated contact with Thiel at his residence. During their contact, several of the reported stolen items were observed in plain-view inside the residence and ultimately Thiel was arrested and transported to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department Jail Facility and formerly charged with burglary. Shortly thereafter, Investigators obtained a search warrant for Mr. Theil’s residence. During the execution of the search warrant, a large quantity of the stolen items were located, seized, and taken into custody as evidence.  Thiel remains in custody on a cash bond.
   The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department is seeking any additional information relating to this investigation.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of additional stolen items not found at Thiel’s residence should call the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.      

Arrest made for alleged shoplifting at
Piggly Wiggly, and drugs

On April 19th, 2017, Prairie du Chien Police Officers observed in the City of Prairie du Chien a 1999 Mercury Sable being operated by Alicia Jones, age 35 of Bagley, and her passenger Christopher Kivi, age 41 of Bagley.
   The officers lost sight of the vehicle and later located it in the parking lot of Piggly Wiggly located in the Township of Bridgeport. Prairie du Chien Officers observed the vehicle drive around to the side of the business, park and the occupants attempted to walk away from the vehicle as the officers approached. The officers made contact for an equipment violation and requested the assistance of the Crawford County K-9 Unit. K-9 Breck was utilized for an open free air sniff of the vehicle and subsequently alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances he is trained to detect.
   A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted due to the K-9 alert. Marijuana residue was located in the vehicle and the passenger Kivi was found to be in possession of a schedule 4 controlled substance. Other contents in the vehicle led to a retail theft investigation on Jones. The Deputy discovered that Jones had stolen numerous items from within Piggly Wiggly and found her to also be in possession of a makeshift tin foil bag, which is used to conceal merchandise in order to bypass anti-theft detection technology inside several retail stores.
   Jones is suspected of conducting numerous thefts at several retail stores throughout the Prairie du Chien and Bridgeport Township area.  Jones was arrested by the Crawford County Sheriff’s deputy and charged with shoplifting and possession with intent to use theft shielding device.
   Kivi faces potential charges for possession of a schedule 4 controlled substance and party to a crime.  

Fugitive arrested in Richland County after
nationwide man hunt

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Map showing the approximate area where Jakubowski was camping off Estes Road, east of County Road U, south of County I.

Update - From Vernon County Sheriff’s Office -
The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office received a credible tip Thursday night at 7:11 PM, indicating Jakubowski was spotted in a remote location, off County Road U, near the Vernon and Richland County line, south of Viola.  A perimeter was established and maintained throughout the night by multiple law enforcement agencies.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation also responded and Jakubowski was taken into custody, without incident, at approximately 6:00 AM, Friday morning.
   Firearms were located in the area Jakubowski was apprehended.  Jakubowski was transported to the Rock County Jail, in Janesville, WI.  Law Enforcement would like to thank all of the agencies who responded quickly and worked tirelessly and efficiently to bring safe closure to this situation.
Update - From Rock County Sheriff’s Office -
On April 13, 2017 at approximately 9:30 PM, the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious person on a farmer’s property on Estes Road near Readstown, WI. Investigators assigned to the Jakubowski case were sent to that location along with tactical support to assist local authorities in determining whether the suspicious individual was related to the manhunt.
   The suspicious person complaint reported that a male matching the description of Jakubowski was camping at that location and refused to leave when he had been asked to do so. Local authorities established a perimeter and tactical support was sent in to investigate.
   Shortly before 6:00 AM, tactical officers made contact with the suspicious person at the campsite. This subject was taken into custody without incident and positively identified as Joseph A. Jakubowski,our wanted fugitive.
   Arrangements are being made for Jakubowski to be returned to Rock County for further investigation and charges.

- Richland County authorities in conjunction with the FBI have confirmed a male subject identified as Joseph Jakubowski is in custody.
   Law Enforcement Agencies were notified at 8:30 p.m. on 4/13/2017, and a perimeter was established.  Other agencies arrived and Jakubowski was taken into custody at 6:04 a.m. today, Friday, April 14th.  Joseph Jakubowski was taken into custody without incident.  Details to follow.

Editor’s note - While this story is not local, this fugitive might wind up in our area.

Update - April 11, 2017 - The FBI has increased its reward up to $20,000 for information leading to the successful location of Joseph A. Jakubowski.
Janesville, WI, April 7, 2017 - Investigators continue to follow leads regarding this case. However, the subject remains at large and is not in custody.
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He continues to be considered “armed and dangerous” and citizens should exercise caution if he is observed. If anyone has information regarding his location, please contact law enforcement through “911” or at the new tip line of 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324).
   On April 4, 2017, the Armageddon Gun Shop, 2144 W. US 14, Janesville, WI, was burglarized at 8:40PM. A large quantity of high-end handguns and rifles were stolen and the suspect fled the scene. At 9:07PM, a vehicle fire was reported on Pennycook Lane, a short distance away.
   At that scene was evidence of arson and it appears that the burglary and vehicle arson events are connected. The registered owner of the vehicle involved in the fire is Joseph A. Jakubowski (M/W, DOB:07/21/84) who is last listed as residing at 811 Glen Street (upper) in Janesville. He is described as being 5’10” tall with green eyes and brown hair. Mr. Jakubowski is considered a suspect in both incidents and is currently wanted by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office for questioning.
   Additionally, information was received in the early morning hours on April 6th that Jakubowski has been highly agitated recently regarding a variety of political issues. It was further reported that he had made threats to steal weapons and to use them against public officials or at an unspecified school. As a result, area schools have been notified of this information and the search efforts for Jakubowski have been supplemented by several additional agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and all local law enforcement agencies.

Passengers rescued from truck in Turkey River
by quick working emergency personnel

Clayton County Sheriff Michael Tschirgi reports on April 5, 2017 at 1:58 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a female subject reporting a truck she was passenger in had driven into the Turkey River near the Clayton County Courthouse in Elkader, IA.             Information received through the dispatch  center determined the vehicle was nearly fully submerged with the driver, 86 year old George Balekos of Monona, IA, being trapped inside. 
   Sheriff’s Deputies, Elkader Fire Department members, and Elkader EMS responded to the scene with rescue efforts by members of the Elkader Fire Department and other responding agencies allowing  the safe extraction of Balekos and 54 year old Valerie Timmerman.  Both  subjects were transported by Elkader EMS to Central Community Hospital where Balekos was later transported by helicopter to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for life-threatening injuries. 
   Timmerman was treated and released for  non-life threatening injuries.  The cause of the accident remains under investigation. 
   The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office was assisted  at the scene by the Elkader Police Department, IA DNR, and several local volunteers.  Sheriff Tschirgi would like to acknowledge the diligent efforts and joint working relationships of all involved to safely and effectively accomplish the dangerous tasks they faced while providing the best possible outcome.



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