Niagara auto theft suspect in court


Staff Writer

FLORENCE, Wis. – A Niagara, Wis., man who stands accused of taking two vehicles last November appeared in Florence County Court on Tuesday.

Tyler J. Schomer, 19, faces one felony count of operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent and one misdemeanor count of operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent – joyriding.

If convicted, he could spend up to six years in prison.

Schomer waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over for arraignment. An arraignment date was set for March 25.

The charges stem from two incidents that occurred on Nov. 29 and Nov. 30.

According to the incident report from the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, Schomer allegedly took a truck from Schomer Forest Products in Aurora, Wis. and drove it to a party in Spread Eagle, Wis.

Schomer Forest Products owner, Joe Schomer, informed deputies that Tyler Schomer did not have permission to use his truck.

After leaving the party, the truck went into the ditch and Schomer was unable to get it back on the road. It is alleged he then took another vehicle from a nearby residence to drive back home.

After the owner of the stolen Spread Eagle vehicle reported the theft, deputies searched the area and discovered the abandoned Schomer Forest Products truck. Deputies found footprints in the snow at Schomer Forest Products and the Spread Eagle residence which connected the two incidents, the report states.

Following an investigation, Schomer was named as a suspect. The report said that he eventually admitted to both thefts and led deputies to the second stolen vehicle, which was recovered undamaged.

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