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Mauston men charged with stealing utility trailer

Mauston men charged with stealing utility trailer

Two Mauston men face criminal charges after police say they stole a utility trailer from Wisconsin Dells.

Derrick Sharp Andrus, 25, and Matthew Skiff, 28, are charged with possession of burglarious tools and receiving stolen property. They face up to three years and six months imprisonment for the first charge and up to nine months imprisonment for the second charge.

According to the criminal complaint:

A Juneau County Detective received a report Aug. 14 of a stolen trailer containing John Deere equipment. The information was provided by an investigator at the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. The trailer, a 1996 Main Liner, was stolen from a construction site at Kalahari Resorts in Wisconsin Dells.

Photographs of the trailer theft identified two white males and a 1995 Chevrolet K1500 with “two tone blue paint” as the utility trailer was taken Aug. 13.

The Juneau County Sheriff’s Department received a report Aug. 15 stating the Chevrolet K1500 was located on North Union Street in Mauston.

The detective arrived at the scene and observed the vehicle, finding it to be matching in “unique identifying characteristics” observed in the photographs. Two male subjects returned to the vehicle and began placing items into the back of the truck “to include bicycles and bags.”

The subjects entered the vehicle and began to drive away. Law enforcement stopped the vehicle and placed both subjects in custody. The subjects were identified as Matthew Skiff and Derrick Sharp Andrus.

The detective found the subjects to match the individuals seen in the surveillance photographs relating to the utility trailer theft.

The detective observed multiple tools and implements “consistent with burglarious tools” inside the vehicle, including bolt cutters, files, power tools and wrenches. Sharp Andrus and Skiff were brought to the Juneau County Sheriff’s Office for processing.

During interviews with law enforcement, Sharp Andrus admitted to stealing the utility trailer using the Chevrolet K1500. He stated they “cut the locks from the trailer by use of bolt cutters.” Sharp Andrus stated the Chevrolet belonged to Skiff. Skiff said the truck did belong to him, but denied ownership of the items within the truck, claiming they were left in the vehicle when he purchased it.

Skiff is currently in the Juneau County Jail. His adjourned initial appearance in court is scheduled for Sep. 12 at the Juneau County Justice Center.

Sharp Andrus was released on a signature bond of $5,000 Aug. 17. His initial appearance in court is also scheduled for Sep. 12 at the Juneau County Justice Center.

You can reach Jake Ekdahl on Twitter @JakeaEkdahl or contact him at 608-697-6353

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