Two Green Bay men are accused of stealing six saddles worth nearly $12,000 total from a shed in Farmington.
Kiran I. Sheikh, 58, and Aaron R. Lee, 42, are charged in Waupaca County with burglary and felony theft.
On the morning of March 12, Waupaca County Deputy Patrick Gorchals met with a woman living on Dawn Drive in Farmington. She reported that six saddles had been stolen from an unlocked shed.
On March 30, Gorchals and Detective Sgt. Julie Thobaben returned to the woman’s home and spoke with her and her fiance. They told the officers they had found the saddles posted on Craig’s List. The woman’s fiance had traced the Craig’s List posting to a website for Windenoak Tack and Feed in Suamico.
Thobaben called the Brown County Sheriff’s Office and spoke with detectives there. The detectives went to Windenoak posing as customers. They spoke with an employee, who showed them three saddles that were identified as among those stolen from Waupaca County.
According to the criminal complaint, the employee said she purchased the saddles from Sheikh and provided a copy of an $800 check she made out to him.
Sheikh is the owner of ZSK Enterprises, a general contracting firm in Green Bay. Lee is one of his employees.
Sheikh told investigators he was working for another company, foreclosing a property on Stratton Lake Road when he found the saddles and other items in a garage, the complaint says.
“Even though I was not hired to take any personal property, Lee and I decided to take these saddles in order to resell them for personal gain,” Sheikh said in a written statement. “I believed that these items would all be thrown away in a dumpster eventually so I took them for myself.”