On March 7, 2015 at approximately 5:26pm the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a stolen vehicle from a residence located at 10214 State Highway 27 in the Township of Utica.
The owner of the stolen vehicle later discovered someone forcefully entered their residence by breaking the glass window out of the back door. While deputies investigated the stolen vehicle and burglary, the Crawford County Communications Center sent messages out to surrounding agencies for assistance with locating the stolen vehicle.
At approximately 9:17pm the Grant County Sheriff’s Department located the stolen vehicle on State Highway 133 and initiated a traffic stop on Circle Drive. The driver of the vehicle, Paul D Germundson, age 18 of Soldiers Grove was taken into custody for operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and felony bail jumping. Germundson was later booked in the Crawford County Jail.
Germundson is being charged with operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, burglary, felony bail jumping, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft and obstructing an officer. During the investigation it was learned that Jorge Esser age 30 of Boscobel was a possible accomplish to the burglary and theft. Esser is being referred to the District Attorney’s office for burglary charges.
Items stolen during the burglary included two televisions, a laptop computer, a play station, and approximately 80 DVD’s. The items were recovered and returned to the victims of these crimes.
Assisting the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department with this investigation was the Boscobel Police Department and the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.