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Waupun cop turns in resignation amid criminal charges

Fugitive Waupun Police Officer Brad Young
Fugitive Waupun Police Officer Brad Young

WAUPUN, WI (WTAQ) - A Waupun police lieutenant says he’ll resign, after being charged in a crime spree that included three grocery store burglaries, two stolen vehicles, and a cabin break-in.

Deputy Police Chief Scott Louden said 43-year-old Brad Young submitted his resignation last week – and Waupun’s Police and Fire Commission is expected to approve it on Thursday.

Louden says the Common Council is being asked to fill Young’s lieutenant post – and if a current officer is promoted, aldermen will be asked to hire a new patrolman.

Young is scheduled to enter pleas September 18th on two Barron County charges. He also faces 7 charges in Green Lake County, and possible charges in Burnett County.

Charges have not been filed in a couple of incidents to which Young confessed after he was arrested. The state Justice Department is investigating those.

Most of the incidents were reported between August 4th and 6th. Investigators said Young broke into grocery stores in Waupun, Berlin, and Markesan. Officials said he stole a pickup truck in Green Lake and crashed it in Barron County and stole another vehicle near Rice Lake.

He surrendered at a cabin near Spooner August 6th. Prosecutors said Young knew he was surrounded, and could not get away. 

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