Truck theft suspect found in barn

Leopolis man was fugitive for 3 weeks

A Leopolis man who evaded authorities for nearly three weeks after a weekend crime spree earlier this month was arrested Thursday night in the town of Richmond.

Calvin K. Ossmann, 26, was taken into custody around 6:30 p.m. after authorities got a tip that he was hiding in a barn.

Ossmann has been charged in a string of alleged crimes over the course of Aug. 1-3 , including three counts of vehicle theft and fleeing an officer. Ossmann is accused of stealing two semi-tractors, one of which he allegedly abandoned, and a car that he allegedly drove around on a property, causing some damage.

He also led authorities on a high speed chase in one of the stolen semi-tractors on Aug. 3. He backed the vehicle into a Shawano County sheriff’s squad twice before eventually crashing the semi and escaping on foot.

An aerial search and a ground search with multiple K-9 units was interrupted by rain and failed to locate him.

Hours before he was arrested Thursday, Ossmann was also charged with a new count of burglary that allegedly occurred Aug. 1. He is accused of breaking into a residence in Pella and stealing a pair of pants that had car keys, a wallet and $40 in its pockets.

Ossmann could face a maximum 12 1/2 years in prison and $25,000 fine if found guilty of the burglary charge.

He was previously charged with three felony counts of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. Each of the charges normally carries a maximum possible penalty of six years in prison and a $10,000 fine, but the penalty could be enhanced because of previous convictions.

Ossmann also faces a possible maximum of 3 1/2 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted of fleeing an officer.

He is also charged with five misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property, as well as resisting an officer and disorderly conduct.

He was expected to make an initial appearance in Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court on Friday.