BURNETT COUNTY -- A Siren, WI man is facing multiple criminal charges including burglary, theft and drug charges following recent investigations by Burnett County Law Enforcement.
Alexander Litz is facing multiple criminal charges stemming from investigations by Burnett County Law Enforcement.
Charges have been filed against Litz of Class F Felony Delivery of Methamphetamine (in an amount of 3 grams or less) and Class E Felony Delivery of Methamphetamine (in an amount of more than 3 grams but not more than 10 grams) as well as two counts of Class F Felony Burglary of a Building or Dwelling, Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor Resisting an Officer, and two counts of Misdemeanor Retail Theft.
According to a criminal complaint filed against Litz on August 21, 2018, the Siren Police Department conducted an investigation throughout February and March of 2018 involving multiple controlled buys of methamphetamine. Nearly 5 grams of methamphetamine were seized as a result of the controlled buys.
The criminal complaint states that a confidential informant worked with officers of the Siren Police Department and the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation to complete the controlled buys of methamphetamine. According to the criminal complaint, Alexander Litz sold the methamphetamine to the confidential informant.
Another criminal complaint filed against Litz on August 21, 2018, in Burnett County Circuit Court, states that the Siren Police Department received a report on June 30, 2018, of a break-in at a residence on Lilac Lane in the Village of Siren.
Investigating officers conducted interviews regarding the break-in and determined that Litz had been staying at the residence.
Throughout the investigation, officers determined that Litz had been keeping some of his belongings at the residence after being allowed to stay there for a night. A few days prior to the break-in, Litz had arrived at the residence and accused the tenant of stealing from Litz; pulling out a knife and making statements about beating the individual up. The tenant advised officers that following that incident, he decided to stay somewhere else for a time.
The criminal complaint goes on to state that on July 11, 2018, the Siren Police Department received another report that Litz had broken into and ransacked a storage shed and residence on Yourchuck Lane. This also involved the same individual who was threatened by Litz during the June incident.
Officers located Litz in the Village of Siren on August 9, 2018, and after a brief chase and search, took Litz into custody in a wooded area near the Pour House, according to the criminal complaint. When officers placed Litz under arrest, he was lying on the ground in an area covered in tall grass (5-6 feet tall), and had a bottle of alcohol sitting on his chest. Litz drank the alcohol, (despite the officer telling him to stop) stating that he would be “in for a while” and would not have the opportunity for another drink.
During the course of placing Litz under arrest, officers found five packages of snack size Snickers candy bars on his person. Officers also located a backpack belonging to Litz. Inside the backpack officers found a can of yellow Rust-oleum paint, a marijuana pipe, a methamphetamine pipe, a bag filled with markers of assorted colors, and pens.
Follow-up investigation was conducted with the Dollar General Store, and the Yourchuck store, and it was confirmed that Litz had been at both stores. Surveillance video footage showed him taking the candy from the Dollar General. The owner of Yourchucks confirmed for investigating officers that the paint can was similar to those in stock at the store, and that no sale for a can of paint had been completed recently.
The Court has placed Litz on two cash bail bonds, for a total of $1,250, with conditions that he maintain absolute sobriety, and have no contact with Dollar General, Yourchucks Hardware, or the victims of the break-ins.
Litz made an appearance on August 22, 2018 regarding his criminal charges and is scheduled to appear again September.
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.