Nicholas O. Hansen, 42, New London, was charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of theft.
On March 3, a resident of County Road H in the town of Caledonia reported a Stihl model 362 chain saw had been stolen from his garage.
On Aug. 11, a Miller wire feed welder, a portable band saw, a Stihl 09 chain saw and a chop saw were reported stolen from a storage shed in the town of Mukwa.
On Aug. 14, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Traci LaBrosse was investigating the thefts and noticed Hansen had pawned a Miller welder and other tools at pawn shops in Shawano and Grand Chute.
The owner of the stolen Miller welder identified the one in the Shawano pawn shop as his on Sept. 2. Because he had won it at a snowmobile club raffle in 2004, the owner spent a month tracking down a receipt.
On Oct. 1, Detective Sgt. Julie Thobaben, Sgt. John Mocadlo and Deputy LaBrosse executed a search warrant at Hansen’s residence. They recovered a Stihl chain saw, a chop saw and a band saw which matched the descriptions of the stolen items.
The serial number had been removed from the chain saw. However, a second serial number, located inside the motor’s crank case, matched the serial number of the one stolen from the garage in Caledonia.