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2 arrested, 1 at large in connection with convenience store burglary, police say

TOWN OF MERRIMAC, Wis. - Two people were arrested and a third is still at large in connection with a convenience store burglary in Sauk County over the weekend, according to a release.

The Sauk County Communications Center received a notification about a burglar alarm around 10:55 p.m. from Charlie’s Lakeside Store at E12965 Highway 78/113 in the town of Merrimac, officials said.

A Sauk County sheriff’s deputy reported signs of forced entry into the business when he got to the convenience store, according to the release. 

The deputy also noticed a truck leaving the area and initiated a traffic stop, officials said. A passenger, 19-year-old Jared N.R. Stoltz, of DeForest, fled on foot.

The driver, 18-year-old Nicole L. Ziegler, of rural Mazomanie, and another passenger, 20-year-old Jacob Hellenbrand-Bell, of Waunakee, remained in the truck, according to the release. Stoltz was not located.

Ziegler and Hellenbrand-Bell were arrested on tentative charges of party to the crime of burglary.

Hellenbrand-Bell is also facing charges in Columbia County in connection with a drunken-driving hit-and-run crash in April.

Officials ask anyone who has any information on the burglar or Stoltz’s whereabouts to call Sauk County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-847-7285.


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