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Charges filed in Florence thefts

October 11, 2012
The Daily News


Staff Writer

FLORENCE, Wis. - A Wabeno, Wis., man is facing multiple criminal charges in Florence County for allegedly attempting to steal liquor from a Florence bar and stealing money from county campgrounds.

Nathen Kyle Buck, 26, faces one felony count of burglary to a building or dwelling, one felony count of possession of burglarious tools, two misdemeanor counts of entry into a locked coin box, one misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer, and two misdemeanor counts of theft.

If convicted, he could spend up to 16 years in prison.

Buck is scheduled for an initial appearance in Florence County Court on Nov. 27.

The charges against Buck stem from an Aug. 25 incident in Florence.

According to the criminal complaint in the case, deputies from the Florence County Sheriff's Department located a vehicle parked outside of JR's Pub after bar close at approximately 3 a.m. They observed what appeared to be a person laying under the vehicle, but when they approached the vehicle on foot, they could not locate anyone.

Bar personnel and neighbors reported to deputies that they had seen a male subject lurking around the bar then running into the adjacent woods.

Based on video surveillance footage, deputies determined that the male subject had attempted to steal a case of rum from the bar.

Deputies then searched the subject's vehicle and discovered possible burglary tools, such as a pry tool and a hatchet, and a bag of deposit envelopes from county campgrounds. The envelopes contained three checks in various amounts and $40 in cash.

While searching the vehicle, deputies were also able to identify Buck as the suspect.

After contacting some of his friends, deputies obtained information that Buck was at a house near JR's Pub. They located him in a wooded area near the house and arrested him without incident.

Buck allegedly admitted to stealing deposit envelopes from the Lake Emily Campground on four different occasions and stealing from the Lost Lake Campground once.

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