Aurora burglary suspects in court

By EVAN REID

Staff Writer

FLORENCE, Wis. – Two suspects arrested for allegedly committing a series of burglaries in Aurora, Wis. pleaded not guilty to all charges in Florence County Court on Tuesday.

Brandon Lesser, 24, of Kingsford and Corey Willis, 20, of Florence each face one felony count of burglary of a building or dwelling, one misdemeanor count of entry into a locked coin box, and one misdemeanor count of theft of movable property-less than $25,000.

Lesser and Willis both waived their right to a preliminary hearing and were bound over to the circuit court. In both cases, bond was held at $2,000 and a pre-trial date was set for April 8.

If convicted, they each face a maximum sentence of more than 12 years in prison.

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

The Florence County Sheriff’s Department offense report states that while Willis was under police questioning at the Dickinson County Jail, he admitted to breaking a window at Tom & Jo’s Liquor with a brick. Willis stated he then took cigarettes, lottery tickets and $120 in cash from a counter near the window.

According to the offense report, Lesser stated under police questioning that Willis used a hammer to break the lock on a cash box at the Bait Station. About $60 was taken from the cash box.

Lesser denied any involvement in an earlier attempted break-in at Bob’s Midland in Niagara, Wis. Lesser did, however, admit that he and Willis had previously broken into a woman’s house in Norway and had stolen a jewelry box.

Evan Reid’s e-mail address is ereid@ironmountaindailynews.com.