ARLINGTON — The combination of a swamped Mitsubishi, a stolen Chevy Equinox, drugs and good deeds has Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher sending out a warning.
“Please use caution when someone knocks at your door, and report suspicious activity immediately, this will insure a quicker response time and your safety,” he said in a news release issued on Friday.
Two Wisconsin men were arrested Thursday after a series of events that began with a 4 a.m. report to the Sheriff’s Office of a car half submerged in a flooded field on Highway 187 near 60th Street outside of Arlington. When deputies arrived they found no occupants in the car, or anywhere to be seen, according to the news release issued Friday by the sheriff and court documents.
Deputies did find a pipe with marijuana in the glove box, according to court documents, which also say Seth James Rickman, 18, and Devin Glen Schultz, 22, both from La Crosse, Wis., had been in a black 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse two-door that crashed into the flooded ditch, after which the pair walked into town.
The sheriff’s news release said they knocked on a door of a rural residence and provided the home owners with a false story. They were taken in, given dry clothing, and then drove to a local store where the subjects were picked up by a female.
According to court documents at some point they took a 2007 Chevy Equinox from an Arlington residence while the owner was sleeping.
The news release says at 5:55 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a call about the stolen vehicle and the investigation led authorities to a dorm room of a University of Iowa student. With the help of the University of Iowa police, Rickman and Schultz were detained and later taken into custody by Fayette County Deputies and transported back to the Fayette County Jail.
Both Schultz and Rickman were on probation out of Wisconsin, and Rickman had an arrest warrant for a probation violation, according to the news release.
Schultz is charged with operation of a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to maintain control, driving with no driver’s license and no insurance, accident related.
Rickman is charged with aiding and abetting operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is working on getting criminal holds on both men and will extradite them back to Wisconsin. once the defendants are released from custody, the release says.