Two Columbia Co. burglary suspects still at large after overnight car thefts

Columbia County Sheriff 11

WEST POINT, Wis. — Columbia County law enforcement officers are searching for two suspects after an overnight burglary led to a high-speed vehicle chase.

According to a news release, authorities first learned about the incident when a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy found an empty car parked in the middle of a road with its engine running and its headlights off while patrolling on Selwood Road. The deputy then saw a handgun laying on the front seat inside the car.

Multiple other deputies responded to the area after the sheriff’s office got information indicating three people were in the neighborhood trying to break into homes.

While searching the area, deputies found that one of the suspects had already broken into a home, found keys to a GMC Sierra truck and drove off in it.

Authorities started a high-speed chase which led them to Highway 60 near Gastrow Road where a Lodi police officer was able to disable the truck by deflating its tires. The suspect driving the truck then jumped out as the vehicle was still moving and continued to run from police. Law enforcement tried tracking the man with a K-9 unit, but they were unsuccessful.

Around 8:30 a.m. another vehicle was reported stolen from a few miles from where the suspect was last seen. The sheriff’s office described the suspect as a Black man wearing a red hoodie, pants and a black face mask.

As officers chased the suspect in the truck, others took a 19-year-old woman, Cecelia Goldsberry, into custody after she was seen in the neighborhood where the truck was stolen. She was later taken to the Columbia County Jail where she was booked on charges of party to the crime of burglary, party to the crime of theft, operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent, and possession of THC.

A third suspect believed to be involved is still at large, according to a release.

Authorities recovered two handguns during their investigation.

Homeowners are asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 608-742-4166 if they notice anything missing or damaged. Their investigation into the incident is ongoing.