Dunn County Sheriff’s Office arrests suspect in Elk Mound property theft

By Cara L. Dempski

ELK MOUND — A 27-year-old Lake Hallie man was arrested last Thursday after being charged with disorderly conduct for an incident in Elk Mound.

Brandon Judge was taken into custody after a vehicle licensed to him was discovered to have gone off the shoulder just outside Elk Mound.

Information on the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access Program indicates Judge was charged with one count each of failure to keep vehicle on the road, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, and operating while revoked. 

The disorderly conduct charges stem from an incident of alleged property theft in the Village of Elk Mound.

Village Police Chief Travis Hakes said he received a phone call from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 4:40 a.m. on January 26 regarding a suspicious person and vehicle near the intersection of Moundview Court and Aqua Lane in the village of Elk Mound. The location surprised Hakes, as the intersection is near his home.

When the police chief arrived on the scene, the homeowner at the location said he had discovered an unauthorized person looking through his vehicle. The automobile was parked in the home’s driveway and was unlocked at the time of the incident. 

Video footage of the neighborhood showed a vehicle that looked like Judge’s driving up and down streets in the neighborhood. 

“He drove all the way up to the cul-de-sac on Moundview before turning around and coming back down the street,” Hakes stated. “My question is, what was he doing over here at 4:30 in the morning?”

Hakes said an eyewitness was able to provide a part of the suspect vehicle’s temporary plate number, which was later matched to the temporary plates on the abandoned vehicle near Elk Mound. The vehicle plates were registered to Judge.

While Judge is currently only charged with disorderly conduct for the incident on Moundview Court, Hakes said the vehicle owner may press charges for property theft after discovering several dollars missing from the car. 

The Elk Mound police chief is asking anyone who may be missing items from his or her car or who may be able to provide more information please contact him at 715-879-4411. Hakes would also like to remind all village residents to please lock their vehicles when they are not in them, and to not leave a running vehicle unattended.