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A Camp Douglas man and a Brightson, New Jersey, man face criminal charges after police say they burglarized a home in the Juneau County town of Germantown.

Edward Heaton, 31, and Anthony Ricca, 35, are charged with burglary of a dwelling party to a crime, burglary of a dwelling, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal damage to property and misdemeanor theft.

According to the criminal complaint, the Juneau County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary at a residence on 32nd street Feb. 20. At the residence, a Juneau County detective observed fresh tire tracks in the driveway that led to the north-facing door of the residence. The west door of the residence had been broken out, and deputies determined it had been broken with a large black pipe.

A neighbor told deputies he observed two males leave the residence in a white Ford Explorer with New Jersey license plates.

Found missing at the residence were two televisions, a saw, a nail gun, a home security camera, a compressor and a stereo.

Security video from the residence was provided to the deputies. It showed two men enter the residence. The first male used the metal pipe to break the window. He then reached through the window frame and unlocked the door before taking the missing items from the residence.

After releasing still shots from the video Feb. 22, the sheriff’s office received several anonymous tips, which identified the subjects as Ricca and Heaton. Upon receiving photos of the pair, the sheriff’s office determined they matched the subjects from the security camera footage.

Deputies learned Heaton had been on probation and living in New Jersey but had reason to believe he had relocated to Wisconsin. He was thought to be staying at a residence in Cutler. Upon arriving at the Cutler residence, deputies observe a white Ford Explorer parked near the end of the driveway. No license plates were found to be on the vehicle. A warrant was signed to search the property.

While executing the search warrant, the detective ran the vehicle identification number of the explorer and found it was registered to Ricca. The missing items were located on the property.

Deputies also located numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia including marijuana pipes, crack pipes, syringes, and baggie corners. The clothing Ricca and Heaton were wearing while the Germantown home was burglarized was also found on the property.

An individual at the residence stated Ricca and Heaton had been using heroin and that both have been “dope sick all day.” The two were located at the residence and are in the Juneau County Jail.


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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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