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Third teen connected to string of rural burglaries

Austin Alderman1 / 3
Andrew Ennis2 / 3
Zachary Simpson3 / 3

A third New Richmond teenager has been linked to a string of rural burglaries that occurred in May. Austin Alderman, 18, has been charged in St. Croix County Circuit Court with two felony counts of burglary of a building or dwelling, two misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property, one misdemeanor count of theft and one misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property.

According to the criminal report, a St. Croix County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a property in the Town of Cylon for a burglary complaint May 27. The property owner told the deputy that the door of his shed had been kicked in and about 15 collectable whiskey bottles had been taken. After reviewing photographs of the suspects captured by a trail camera set up by the property owner, an investigator identified Alderman and Zachary Simpson, an 18-year-old New Richmond man linked to several other burglaries.

The report said Alderman admitted to driving Simpson to the Cylon property and kicking the door of the shed in, but he said it was the only burglary he was involved in. 

Alderman allegedly retrieved some of the stolen booze bottles from his bedroom before accompanying the deputy to his truck to collect more bottles.

The deputy observed a Cobra CB radio and Bully Dog gauge tuner in the truck that had reportedly been stolen from a property in the Town of Emerald between May 21 and 22. Alderman allegedly told the deputy he had recently bought the items from Simpson and suspected they had been stolen. A search of Simpson’s vehicle revealed an LED safety light and spotlight that were also reportedly stolen from the Emerald property.

According to the report, Simpson told the deputy investigating the Cylon case that he and Andrew Ennis, 18, of New Richmond, had gone to the Cylon property and taken booze bottles from the shed before Simpson returned with Alderman. Both Ennis and Simpson were charged with a felony count of burglary of a building or dwelling, a misdemeanor count of theft and a misdemeanor count of criminal damage to property in the Cylon case.

Alderman’s arraignment is scheduled for Aug 22. If convicted of both felony counts, he faces up to $50,000 in fines and 25 years in prison.

Jenny Hudalla
A senior at Bethel University, Jenny Hudalla is pursuing degrees in journalism, Spanish and reconciliation studies. Having graduated from New Richmond High School in 2011, she served as editor-in-chief of the Tiger Rag before taking a job as editor-in-chief of Bethel's student newspaper, The Clarion. After completing her internship with the New Richmond News, Hudalla plans to move on to a career in social justice.
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