If you may have been a victim of these crimes, you're asked to contact the La Crosse Police Department to file a report. Officers also urge you to remember to lock your vehicles, garages and secure your property to help prevent these crimes from happening in the future.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A tip someone passed along to police led to the arrest of three suspects in more than eight burglaries in the La Crosse area.
On Tuesday, La Crosse police announced that they arrested Fue Vue, 17, of La Crosse, Vue Yang, 17, of La Crosse, John Yang, 17, of La Crosse, and Lee Yang, 20, of La Crosse. Prosecutors have not filed charges against the suspects.
La Crosse police say they responded to the area of 2200 Hoeschler Drive in La Crosse on a report of suspicious people. Officers searched the area and found three people matching the description of the suspicious people near 22nd and Hyde Avenue. Officers caught up with them near 16th and Green Bay Street a short time later. One of them was Vue. Officer say he had a a Ruger 357 handgun in his front sweatshirt pocket, ammunition, a screwdriver, flashlight, a glove and a lot of change in his pockets. Officers also arrested Vue Yang and John Yang. They found that the three had burglarized at least two garages in the area, and tried to break into 20 vehicles. Police say the handgun was stolen from a vehicle that was parked in a locked garage that had been broken into. Police seized several other items that had been taken from garages and vehicles the suspects are accused of breaking into on Monday night. Officers followed up, and arrested Lee Yang for Burglary later.
Officers also believe the suspects burglarized at least eight businesses, and are responsible for other burglaries and thefts in the area during the last several weeks.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (LA CROSSE POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) --On Monday evening at around 8pm, La Crosse Patrol Officers responded to a report of suspicious subjects in the area of 2200 Hoeschler Dr. Officers searched the area and located 3 subjects near 22nd & Hyde Ave who matched the description of these subjects. These subjects were observed by the patrol officers before being contacted near 16th and Green bay Street shortly thereafter. Officers Identified Fue Vue and observed/located a Ruger 357 handgun in his front sweatshirt pocket along with ammunition, a screwdriver, flashlight, a glove and a large amount of change in his pockets.
Fue Vue, Vue Yang and John Vang were arrested and through the officers investigation it was learned they had committed at least 2 burglaries to garages and attempted to enter 20 vehicles in the area. Officers discovered the handgun had been stolen from a vehicle that was parked in a locked garage that was forcibly entered and multiple other items were recovered that had been taken from garages and vehicles they entered last night.
Follow-up investigation has tied these suspects to at least 8 business burglaries and several other burglaries and thefts in the area over the last several weeks with additional arrests and charges possible as this investigation continues.
Fue Vue (17 years old) of 1240 East Ave La Crosse;
Charges: Burglary, possession of burglary tools, carrying a concealed weapon, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal damage to property
Vue Yang (17 years old) of 1707 Jackson St:
Charges: Burglary, Possession of burglary tools, receiving stolen property, theft and entry into locked vehicle
John Vang (17 years old) of 1415 Green bay Street;
Charges: Theft, receiving stolen property, entry to locked vehicle and party to the crime charges
Follow-up investigation has led to the arrest of;
Lee Yang (20 years old) of 1707 Jackson St.
Charges: Initial charge of Burglary.
This investigation all started when a citizen contacted police to report suspicious activity by these suspects and the excellent police work and investigation by our patrol officers involved.
Reminder; If you may have been a victim of these crimes, contact the La Crosse Police Department to file a report and remember to lock your vehicles, garages and secure your property to help prevent these crimes from occurring in the future.