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Police: Cop's crime spree may have starter earlier than first thought

Fugitive Waupun Police Officer Brad Young
Fugitive Waupun Police Officer Brad Young

WAUPUN, WI (WTAQ) - A crime spree allegedly committed by Waupun Police Lieutenant Bradley Young may have started earlier than was first reported.

Police officials now say the 43-year-old Young admitted breaking into a Piggly Wiggly store in Waupun last Sunday or Monday and took $3,000.

The state Justice Department is investigating the incident – which may have occurred on the same day that the rest of the two-day crime spree began.

Authorities said Young broke into a restaurant and stole a pickup truck in Green Lake last Monday, and then drove to northwest Wisconsin where he crashed the truck in a police chase in Barron County. Officials said he ran off and stole a vehicle near Rice Lake last Tuesday, and was captured later in the day at a cabin west of Spooner.

Young is charged in both Barron and Green Lake counties with nine criminal counts. He’s scheduled to enter pleas September 18th on two Barron County charges of vehicle theft and fleeing officers.

Authorities say they still don’t know a motive for the incidents.

The Green Lake County charges also include two other grocery store break-ins Young allegedly committed earlier this summer in Markesan and Berlin. 

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