Two arrested for Aurora burglaries

FLORENCE, Wis. – Two men accused of a string of burglaries in Aurora, Wis. have been apprehended through a cooperative effort between several local law enforcement agencies.

The suspects are a 20-year-old Florence man and a 24-year-old Kingsford man.

They are currently being held in the Dickinson County Jail awaiting extradition to Wisconsin. Names are not being released at this time.

Florence County Sheriff Jeff Rickaby said that the first burglary occurred on Jan. 21 at the Bait Station. Subsequent burglaries occurred on Feb. 5 at the Bait Station and Tom and Jo’s Liquor.

According to Rickaby, an item stolen from Tom and Jo’s Liquor was identified by a business owner in Niagara, Wis. The business owner then contacted the Niagara Police Department to report the stolen item.

Through that contact, a surveillance photo led authorities to a Norway individual. After speaking with the Norway person, authorities were able to identify one of the suspects. Further work revealed the identity of the other suspect.

Rickaby said that the Florence man was arrested on Saturday on Trader’s Mine Road in Dickinson County. The Kingsford man was apprehended later that evening.

Rickaby reported that the primary target of the burglaries was cash, but cigarettes and other items were also taken. He added that both businesses sustained building damage in the incidents.

Assisting in the investigation were the Niagara Police Department, Norway Police Department, Michigan State Police, and Kingsford Public Safety Department.