Waupaca County prosecutors have filed a third felony case since September against an Ogdensburg teen.
Dominic M. Schuelke, 17, is charged with two counts of operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, burglary as party to a crime, misdemeanor theft and illegal possession of prescription drugs.
At 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Pat Gorchals was dispatched to Rawhide Boys Ranch in New London in response to a reported vehicle theft.
A 2008 silver Honda sports utility vehicle had been stolen from a member of the staff.
The woman who owned the car said she kept her keys in her jacket pocket, which had been hanging in her office in the Carriage House. Schuelke had remained in the office while she left for a short time.
Another staff member reported seeing Schuelke and another Rawhide Boys Ranch resident run across the compound, get into the Honda and drive away.
On Saturday Nov. 21, the vehicle’s owner reported she had located her vehicle at the cemetery on Baldwin Road in Royalton.
Inside the abandoned car, officers found a large cardboard restaurant sign, empty packaging for a lighter, two sets of Rawhide uniforms, two CD wrappers and white tennis shoes.
On Nov. 21, another vehicle was reported stolen from a nearby home on Baldwin Road.
On Monday, Nov. 23, Schuelke was arresed in Plover and transported to Waupaca County jail.
According to the criminal complaint, Schuelke told Gorchals that he and another boy stole the car from Rawhide, then broke into a farmhouse and stole pills, alcohol and money, then used the money to buy clothes and other items from the Dollar General store in Clintonville.
They allegedly slept in a motel one night, spent a day driving around, then abandoned the first car at the cemetery because it was nearly out of gas.
They are also accused of stealing the second car from a home on Baldwin Road and driving it to Portage County.
In late August, Schuelke and another teen were accused of stealing a truck in Waupaca, stealing gas in New London, then taking a road trip that ended in Illinois where they were arrested for shoplifting.