2 suspects in custody, accused of theft in Barron County

Draven Merz (left) Lee Lefevers (right)
Draven Merz (left) Lee Lefevers (right)(COURTESY: BARRON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT)
Published: Sep. 15, 2023 at 10:39 AM CDT
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BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) - Two suspects are in custody after being accused of theft.

The Barron County Sheriff’s Department says deputies arrested 27-year-old Draven Merz of New Auburn and 34-year-old Lee Lefevers of Cameron on Tuesday.

Deputies responded to a sand plant south of Chetek on a report of a burglary in progress.

The Sheriff’s Department says after they were arrested, and warrants issued. A stolen UTV, motorcycle and other items were recovered.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, over the past two months, the two are suspected of taking or damaging more than $300,000 worth of equipment and items from the area.

The suspects are being held at the Barron County Jail and are awaiting formal charges.