Investigators believe a 63-year-old Waupaca man, who lived in Ogdensburg at the time, was responsible for the theft of more than half a dozen chain saws in the rural Manawa area between November 2012 and September 2013.
Dennis K. Krueger was charged Feb. 11 with three counts of burglary, one count of felony theft, one count of felon in possession of a firearm and eight counts of misdemeanor theft.
Waupaca County deputies began investigating the theft of chain saws in the town of Union on April 16, 2013. Over the next three months, residents reported their chain saws had been stolen from the back of a pickup truck, from a machine shed and from garages.
On July 25, 2013, Deputy Nick Traeger spoke with the owner of a Symco bar, who said Krueger had stopped by his home while he was away, spoke with his girlfriend, then left. He later discovered a chain saw was missing from his garage.
According to the criminal complaint, security video from his nearby bar showed Krueger come to the house, speak with the girlfriend, walk back to h is car, wait a few minutes, then walk into the garage and exit with a chain saw.
The bar owner called Krueger, who allegedly admitted to taking the chain saw and offered to pay for it.
Several people who purchased used chain saws identified Krueger from a photo lineup as the person who sold them.
Krueger has also been charged with the burglary and theft of a shotgun in November 2012.
Because he was convicted of felony sexual assault in Milwaukee County in 1983, Krueger is prohibited from possessing a firearm.