$5,000 Cash Bond Set for Cenex Burglary Suspect

Friday, December 29, 2017 | WCSO l Press Release |


Burglary Suspect, Randy Hammett was brought back to the Washburn County Jail by a prisoner transport service on Dec. 28th. Hammett appeared in Washburn County Circuit Court for a bail hearing today and is on a $5,000 cash bond.

Hammett is in custody to face charges of Burglary, a Class F Felony and Theft of moveable property over $10,000 a class G Felony. These charges stem from the burglary and theft at the Cenex Station in Shell Lake. 

Hammett's next court appearance is January 8th. 

Sheriff Dryden



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Man Wanted in Cenex Burglary Investigation Apprehended

Thursday, December 14, 2017 | DrydenWire


ALABAMA -- A Fugitive from Justice has been apprehended in Alabama after a nationwide warrant was issued for his arrest following a recent break-in at the Shell Lake Cenex (Synergy Co-op) in the early morning hours of November 20, 2017.

DrydenWire.com published a press release from the Washburn County Sheriff's Office on the same day of the break-in seeking that stating authorities were seeking the public's help in identifying the subject. 4 days later, DrydenWire.com reported the details of the break-in and that a nationwide arrest warrant had been issued. (see previous posts below).

Alabama Authorities apprehended Randy L. Hammett yesterday, Wednesday, December 13, 2017. 


When reached, Sheriff Dryden stated to DrydenWire.com that the Washburn County Sheriff's Office is awaiting Hammet's court appearance in Alabama for Waiver of Extradition before the next steps can be taken in order for Hammet to appear in Washburn County on his charges.

Hammett has been charged in Washburn County Circuit Court with Class F Felony Burglary of a Building and with Class G Felony Theft of Movable Property, valued at more than $10,000.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.



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Arrest Warrant Issued for Man Charged with Break-In at Shell Lake Cenex

Friday, November 24, 2017 | DrydenWire

Shell Lake Police Chief David Wilson has confirmed to DrydenWire.com that a warrant has been issued for the arrest of an Alabama man following the recent break-in at the Shell Lake Cenex (Synergy Co-op) in the early morning hours of November 20, 2017.

Randy L. Hammett, of Birmingham, Alabama has been charged in Washburn County Circuit Court with Class F Felony Burglary of a Building and with Class G Felony Theft of Movable Property, valued at more than $10,000.

According to the criminal complaint, the Shell Lake Police Department (assisted by the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office and other area law enforcement) was able to identify Randy Hammett as the suspect in the break-in after reviewing surveillance video footage and tracking down the owner of the truck which was captured on video.

When officers arrived at the scene after the break-in was reported, they saw that the right side front glass door was completely smashed out. A review of surveillance video showed the suspect taking cigarettes off the shelves. The man then walked over to the safe and removed the cash bags and rolls of change from the safe, which apparently had a defective lock on it.

The criminal complaint states that over $12,000 cash was reported as stolen from the safe in the Cenex store, along with nearly $200 worth of cigarettes.

The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department was able to confirm the owner of the truck and put that individual in contact with the Shell Lake Police Department. The owner stated that Randy Hammett had used their truck on the night in question. When he returned he had at least one carton of cigarettes. Hammett also reportedly had posted photos on Facebook of $10,000 cash. When questioned about the cash, the truck owner stated that Hammett claimed to have won the cash at the LCO casino. However, the criminal complaint goes on to state that when law enforcement contacted the casino, the casino advised that they keep a record of any wins in excess of $1,200, and they had no such record of Hammett winning.

The owner of the truck also told law enforcement that Hammett had taken a flight back to Alabama and that Hammett said he intended to use the cash to purchase a vehicle.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.



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Washburn County Sheriff's Office Seeking Public's Help Identifying Subject

Monday, November 20, 2017 | DrydenWire

The Washburn County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in identifying the subject pictured after the Shell Lake Cenex was burglarized this morning between 2a and 3a.

Washburn County Sheriff Terry Dryden said that a "substantial amount of cash was taken from the safe along with some cigarettes. It appears to be a lone male who broke the front door to get in. The photos are not the best quality but do your best and let me know what kind of vehicle you think it is etc. It appears to be a heavier P/U with a white tailgate."

Anyone with information should contact the Washburn County Sheriff's Office at 715-468-4700.




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