WASHBURN COUNTY -- Criminal charges have been filed against Mitchell Anderson, of Balsam Lake, WI, as the second man alleged to have been involved in the theft of a vehicle in Spooner, WI.
On February 25, 2022, a vehicle was stolen in Spooner, WI. The Spooner Police Department responded, and the stolen vehicle was spotted a short time later by the Shell Lake Police Department.
The driver of the allegedly stolen vehicle was later taken into custody and identified as Jake Fechter. Online circuit court records show that Fechter is charged with Class H Felony Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Owner’s Consent, Class H Felony Operator Flee/Elude Officer-Bodily Harm or Property Damage, and Class G Felony Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety.
Law enforcement officers learned that a second man was allegedly involved in the vehicle theft.
The subsequent investigation identified this man as Mitchell Anderson.
Anderson has since been charged with Class H Felony Take and Drive Vehicle w/o Consent; Class H Felony Misappropriate ID Info - Avoid Penalty; and two counts of Class H Felony Bail Jumping.
The charges against Anderson were all filed with a penalty enhancer attached for being a repeat offender.
Anderson is also facing charges in multiple other counties for Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine; Class H Felony Bail Jumping; Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Misdemeanor Theft.
Online circuit court records show that Anderson appeared in Washburn County Circuit Court on April 11, and the Hon. Angeline E. Winton ordered a $500 cash bond for him.
Anderson & Fechter both appeared most recently regarding their charges in Washburn County on April 18, 2022, for preliminary examination hearings, and they are set to appear again in June 2022.
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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.