Officers recognized for cracking robbery cases
Shawano county and city officers were honored Friday for their work in solving a string of four armed robberies that took place over the course of a single weekend last month.
Charges have already been filed in connection with three of those crimes and charges have been referred to the district attorney’s office in connection with the fourth.
“This was a joint effort between departments,” said Shawano County Sheriff Randy Wright, who handed out letters of commendation at Friday’s Public Safety Committee meeting.
Sheriff’s department personnel receiving the honors were: Det. Keith Sorlie, Det. Gordon Kowaleski, Det. Richard Wright, Det. Wade Wudtke, Lt. Staber Cook, Sgt. Greg Trinko, Dep. Andrew Thorpe and Dep. Eric Strike.
Joining them in the honors was Shawano Police Officer Elinor Harris.
“These people worked together to put some pretty bad people behind bars,” Wright said. “All these people working as a team were able to solve these cases in a week or less.”
The robberies took place between Friday, Nov. 12 and the early morning hours of Monday, Nov. 15
In the first robbery — reported at 9:30 p.m. Nov. 12 — a man entered the Wagner Shell station in Wittenberg and demanded money. The man claimed to have a weapon and made off with an undisclosed amount of money.
That crime was followed just two hours later by an armed robbery at the Remington Oil gas station in Birnamwood. In that incident, two men with knives confronted two clerks just outside the store and forced them back inside. One of them was forced to open the safe.
On Nov. 14, the Shell station on Genessee Street in Wittenberg was the scene of another armed robbery, followed at 5:20 a.m. Monday by a robbery at the People’s Express on East Green Bay Street in Shawano.
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