Three charged in burglary spree
Two men are accused of breaking into a home, stealing a dozen guns and selling one gun to a drug dealer.
Andrew P. Akright, 31, Waupaca, and Jason D. Sell, 29, Appleton, are each charged with three counts of burglary, three counts of theft and two counts of criminal damage to property.
Natasha J. Riehl, 27, Greenville, is charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit burglary and three counts of conspiracy to commit theft.
On the evening of Oct. 20, a man living on Haase Road, in Farmington, returned home from work and discovered his kitchen window had been shattered. He reported that 12 guns were stolen, including an AR-47, as well as a laptop computer, two Samsung S4 phones and some tools.
That same evening, a break-in was reported at a cottage on Chalet Drive, in Lind. The battery from a trolling motor, a chainsaw, assorted tools, an iPod and an iPod docking system were reported stolen.
Graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows were also reported stolen.
On Oct. 16, Deputy Pete Kraeger was dispatched to a home on Leighton Avenue, in the town of Little Wolf. The residents said that while they were on vacation, a debit card had been stolen and $700 had been used from the account. Their pickup truck had also been driven without their permission.
The pickup was involved in a gas drive-off in Hortonville. When the man living on Leighton Avenue looked at a Hortonville security photo of his truck, he did not initially recognize the driver, although he later identified him from a Facebook photo.
One of the purchases made with the stolen debit card had been at a Kwik Trip in New London. Kraeger contacted the assistant store leader, and was able to obtain photos of the suspect’s vehicle, a Ford Ranger registered to Akright.
Kraeger also learned Akright’s girlfriend had rented a room from the couple on Leighton Avenue.
He contacted her, and she said Kraeger could locate Akright at the home on Leighton Avenue.
According to the criminal complaint, Kraeger went back to the home on Leighton Avenue and found Akright lying in bed.
Beside the bed was a backpack and inside the backpack was a semi-automatic handgun.
Akright initially said he found the backpack in the back of his truck, police say. He said he did not know whose gun it was or why the backpack was in his truck.
Akright later accused Sell and Riehl of being involved in the burglary. He said one of the guns had been sold to Riehl’s drug dealer.
Investigators later learned some of the guns had been dumped into the Embarrass River, in Outagamie County.