Andrew L. Schucknecht, 23, Manawa, is charged with eight felony counts of burglary and eight misdemeanor counts of theft.
He is accused of stealing chain saws, welders and other power equipment from farms, homes and shops in the rural areas of Union, Bear Creek and Little Wolf.
The break-ins occurred between May 16 and June 8.
On June 12, Outagamie County Detective Sgt. Shawn Oligney contacted Waupaca County Detective Sgt. John Mocadlo and reported that Schucknecht had been pawning stolen items in the Fox Valley area.
Mocadlo began investigating sales to pawn shops and found that Schucknecht recently sold a chain saw to a Shawano pawn shop.
Mocadlo and Oligney subsequently questioned Schucknecht. He admitted to taking a chain saw and agreed to ride with the detectives to show them where he had taken it from in the town of Union, according to the criminal complaint.
The following day, Mocadlo went to a home on County Road O in Union and showed the resident a photo of the pawned chain saw.
The resident said a chain saw had been stolen from his property, but the item in the photo was a different model from his.
Over time, Mocadlo and Oligney would tie Schucknecht to eight break-ins after identifying stolen equipment that Schuchnecht or his girlfriend sold to area pawn shops.
Schucknecht faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted of burglary.