Felony Pier Thefts and Recovery

To: Media
From: Green Lake County Sheriff's Office
Re/Event: Felony Pier Thefts and Recovery/Big Green Lake,
                  Green Lake County, Wisconsin
                  (Cases resolved by arrest and warrant)
Date/Time of Incident: October-November, 2013
Address:  Shores of Big Green Lake, Green Lake County
Date of Release: 11/22/13
Release #: 1-1

During late October, 2013, property owners along the shores of Big Green Lake, reported the theft of aluminum lake pier sections which had been removed from Big Green for the winter. Five different complaints were filed mostly from the South and West Shore of Big Green.   Reported stolen were hundreds of feet of aluminum pier sections valued at approximately $60,000.00.

   After a local release of information, use of the Code Red public notification system, and publication of information via scrap yards, a citizen reported suspicious activity he had seen on the West end of Big Green Lake. This report included a description of a brown colored Chevrolet Blazer, two male subjects, and a partial license plate. This led to a primary suspect concerning the thefts.

   On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, a deputy spotted the suspect vehicle and driver, Dustin Kono, who was stopped and arrested for traffic and drug violations. A search revealed related pier assembly hardware and receipts for scrap metal. The suspect later admitted to the thefts and a second suspect, Adam Baggett, was identified.


Release Prepared by: Mark P. Putzke
Chief Deputy Sheriff
Green Lake County Sheriff's Office


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