Area man charged with theft of vehicle

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House burglarized and items stolen

On March 7, at 5:26 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a stolen vehicle from a residence located at 10214 State Highway 27 in the township of Utica.

The owner of the stolen vehicle later discovered that someone had forcefully entered their residence by breaking the glass window out of the back door. While deputies investigated the stolen vehicle and burglary, the Crawford County Communications Center sent messages out to surrounding agencies for assistance with locating the stolen vehicle.

At 9:17 p.m, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department located the stolen vehicle on State Highway 133 and initiated a traffic stop on Circle Drive. The driver of the vehicle, Paul D. Germundson, 18, Soldiers Grove, was taken into custody. Germundson was later booked into the Crawford County Jail.

On March 16, in Crawford County Circuit Court, Germundson was charged with operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. Germundson faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.
During the investigation, it was learned that Jorge Esser, 30, Boscobel, was a possible accomplice to the burglary and theft. Esser is being referred to the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office for possible burglary charges.

Items reported stolen during the burglary included two televisions, a laptop computer, a play station and approximately 80 DVDs. The items were recovered and returned to the victims.
Assisting with this investigation were the Boscobel Police Department and the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

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