Teen faces felony burglary charge

Shawano fire station broken into last week

A Shawano teen has been charged with a felony count of burglary in connection with an alleged break-in at the Shawano Area Fire Department last week.

Ryan R. Long, 17, could face a possible maximum of 12½ years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted.

He is also charged with two counts of misdemeanor theft for allegedly making off with six portable radios from the fire department and three others he allegedly stole from Walmart earlier this month.

Firefighters responded to the fire station for a call around 9:50 a.m. Friday and discovered the radios and a charger were missing. The items had been there when fire fighters gathered for a meeting at the station the night before.

According to the criminal complaint, there was no sign of forced entry. The building has security cameras, but those cameras were not working, according to the complaint.

At about 4:10 p.m., off-duty Shawano Fire Lt. William Mott observed a young man carrying a portable radio near Green Bay and Lincoln streets and notified police.

Officers Ryan Atkinson and Heidi Cartwright responded. A subsequent investigation resulted in the recovery of all of the fire radios and some merchandise previously stolen from the Shawano Walmart.

The officers obtained a confession for both incidents.

“We commend Lt. Mott. His awareness and observations helped quickly close this case,” said Police Chief Dan Mauel. “Thank you also to Officers Atkinson and Cartwright for a job well done.”

Long was held on a $1,000 cash bond at a hearing Tuesday.

He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 20.