Jesse J. Wohlrabe, 25, Readfield, was charged with burglary, theft, criminal damage to property, possession of burglary tools and possession of drug paraphernalia.
At 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Traeger was dispatched to a home on County Trunk W in rural Fremont. The homeowner said he had gone out at 7:30 a.m. and when he returned at 2:30 p.m., he discovered that a large jug of change and a bottle of morphine pills had been stolen.
Entry to the home was apparently made possible by jimmying a door jam with a screwdriver.
The homeowner told Traeger that he suspected Wohlrabe, because Wohlrabe had stopped by his house late the night before and asked if he could hunt on his land. That morning, Wohlrabe allegedly called the man’s cellphone and asked if he would be home. The man said he was out of town at the time Wohlrabe called him.
According to the criminal complaint, a security camera at a local bank recorded Wohlrabe bringing in a jug identical to the one that was stolen and then exchanging the coins for currency.
Traeger arrested Wohlrabe the following day after seeing him at a New London Kwik Trip store. Traeger reported finding a screwdriver, pry bar and an ax in the back of Wohlrabe’s truck, as well as a pot pipe.
Wohlrabe faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted of burglary.