Police say a teen stole a car in Waupaca, then drove it to Iola, where he stole a second car.
Cory M. Studzinski, 17, is charged with two counts of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, three counts of theft and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.
On Sept. 18, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Clint Thobaben responded to a vehicle theft complaint at the 100 block of North Main Street in Iola. A man said he left work to go home, but discovered his car was no longer in its parking space. He then saw his gold 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser turning west on State Street.
The victim also told Thobaben that he found a blue mountain bike behind his business.
When Thobaben reported the car theft to dispatch, Waupaca Police Officer Brett Rodenz heard it over his radio.
Rodenz was aware of the theft of a maroon Buick Lucerne earlier that same day. The car had been recovered in Iola.
The officer spotted a gold PT Cruiser, followed it, then pulled it over on Brainerd Drive just south of Larson Street. The driver was identifed as Studzinski.
Police reported finding a GPS, two iPods and several hundred dollars in cash inside the PT Cruiser.
According to the criminal complaint, Studzinski said that the items had been taken from other vehicles parked in the Waupaca area and the bike had been taken from near the high school in Iola.
In addition to the felony case filed against him after his Sept. 18 arrest, Studzinski was also charged with theft and obstructing an officer on Aug. 31 and misdemeanor bail jumping and obstructing an officer on Sept. 14.