Wega teens charged with burglary spree
Prosecutors file eight criminal cases in one year against Fritch
Charges have been filed against two teens for a string of burglaries in Weyauwega that included the mayor.
Jordan D. Fritch, 19, Weyauwega, is charged with two counts of burglary, four counts of theft, two counts of felony bail jumping, illegal possession of prescription drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jon J. Morgan, 18, Weyauwega, is charged with two counts of burglary as party to a crime, four counts of theft and one count of felony bail jumping.
On Thursday, July 16, Weyauwega police received numerous complaints of break-ins.
At 8:30 a.m., Mayor Jack Spierings told Weyauwega Police Officer Curtis Much that a 32-inch LG TV, a Coors beer neon sign, a large Busch Lite poster and other items had been stolen from his garage on East Summer Street.
At 11:40 a.m., a resident of the 400 block of West Main street reported that someone entered her vehicle and stole more than $30 in change.
At 2:45 p.m., a resident of the 500 block of South Main Street reported that someone entered her husband’s and son’s vehicles and stole a pair of Nike basketball shoes and some change.
At 6 p.m., Much was dispatched to the 100 block of Birdsall Street in response to a burglary complaint. Dispatch informed Much that the caller was following the suspect on foot, who was last seen going north on Mill Street, wearing a blue shirt and khaki cargo shorts.
Much was westbound on Alfred street when he noticed two men, one of whom matched the suspect’s description. He also believed that one of the men looked like Fritch.
Much lost sight of the two men, so he exited his squad car and walked to 100 West Alfred Street where Fritch lives. The officer walked around the house, but did not see Fritch or the other person.
Much then went to Birdsall Street where the burglary had been reported.
When he arrived at the home, Much saw a number of items piled at the end of the driveway, including a fishing tackle box and a set of golf clubs.
The resident said he saw a man walking away from his home with some of his belongings, so he chased the suspect, who dropped the items and ran.
He told Much that someone had also rummaged through his truck, taking a portable radio and some change.
A neighbor told Much that she saw a young man, approximately 18 years old, enter the garage, then carry items from the garage to the end of the driveway, where he left them.
Both the witness and the victim were unable to identify Fritch with 100 percent certainty from a photo lineup.
However, on Friday, July 17, the victim in the Birdsall Street burglary told Much he saw the suspect standing outside Fritch’s house at 100 W. Alfred St., wearing red shorts, no shirt and a winter hat.
Twenty minutes after speaking with the victim, Much and Deputy Patrick Gorchals went to Fritch’s home on Alfred Street. Nobody answered the door, and the officers did not have a warrant.
At 3:30 p.m. on July 17, Much, Cpl. Adam Rogge and Police Chief Gerald Poltrock executed a search warrant at 100 W. Alfred St. There they found Morgan sleeping in the basement.
They also found a 32-inch LG TV, a Busch Lite poster and a Coors neon sign that matched the items stolen from the mayor.
They also found a pair of Nike basketball shoes, a small plastic cylinder with a small amount of marijuana, a pill grinder and 17 white pills identified as Topiramate, a prescription drug used to treat alcohol and drug addiction and bipolar disorder.
Fritch is facing eight pending criminal cases. He was most recently charged with battery.
He has also been charged with retail theft, disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and bail jumping.