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Two men arrested in connection to construction equipment theft ring

MEDFORD, WI (WTAQ) - Authorities say they've broken up a theft ring in which construction equipment was stolen from several places in Wisconsin.

32-year-old Edward Peterson of rural Medford is charged in Taylor County with 14 criminal counts, mostly for receiving or concealing stolen property. Eight of those charges are felonies. 25-year-old Christopher Steig of Delavan faces seven similar counts, and all but two are felonies.

Both are due back in court July 1st.

Prosecutors said Peterson and Steig stole heavy equipment items, including an excavator which had a GPS system that law enforcement could tap into. Authorities said they traced it from a job site at Boscobel in southwest Wisconsin to a barn about 150 miles to the north in Taylor County.

Investigators said Peterson gave Steig a verbal shopping list, and he didn't want to know where the equipment came from. Other stolen items included a pair of skid-steers, an electric generator, and a jackhammer.

Peterson is free on bond. Steig was still in jail at last word under a $5,000 bond.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)