SAWYER COUNTY -- Two men are facing criminal charges for an alleged burglary of Hayward Ace Hardware in Sawyer County.
Criminal complaints have been filed in Sawyer County Circuit Court against two men who allegedly broke into the Ace Hardware store in Hayward, WI on January 16, 2019, and stole firearms.
DrydenWire.com reported on January 22, 2019, that the Hayward Police Department had identified three suspects, ages 18 and 16 and that two of the stolen firearms had been recovered.
Lorenzo Shuman and Gabriel Lynk, both of Hayward, WI, have been identified as the two 18-year-old suspects.
Online circuit court records show that Shuman and Lynk are each facing charges of Class E Felony Burglary-Arming Self With a Dangerous Weapon, 4 counts of Class H Felony Theft-Movable Property-Special Facts[Firearms] (Party to a Crime), Class I Felony Criminal Damage to Property (Over $2,500)(Party to a Crime), Class I Felony Possession of Burglarious Tools, and Class H Felony Intentionally Contribute to Delinquency. Shuman is also charged with Class H Felony Bail Jumping because he was on a bail bond from another case previously filed against him in Sawyer County Circuit Court.
According to a criminal complaint, shortly after 4a on January 16, 2019, Sawyer County Dispatch received a call regarding a break-in and burglary at the Hayward Ace Hardware Store. The glass front door on the store was smashed in and the glass on a gun case had also been smashed. A total of six handguns were missing from the gun case.
Officers reviewed security camera footage from Ace Hardware which showed two male suspects enter the store through the broken glass door. The two males attempted to take two shotguns from a display rack, however the shotguns were secured with wire and could not be removed.
The footage went on to show the two males move down an aisle in the store to a gun case. One of the males used a tool to break the glass of the case and then they both started removing guns from the case. They then left the store through the broken glass door.
On January 21, 2019, the Hayward Police Department received information identifying Shuman and Lynk as the two male suspects seen on the security camera footage from the Ace Hardware store. Officers obtained a search warrant for Lynk’s residence, and a search warrant for a DNA sample from Shuman.
The criminal complaint goes on to state that 4 of the 6 handguns had been recovered at the time the police report was prepared for the criminal complaint. Officers were still conducting follow-up to retrieve the remaining missing handguns.
According to online circuit court records, Shuman appeared most recently on February 18, 2019 for an Initial Appearance regarding his criminal charges stemming from the burglary. A preliminary examination hearing is scheduled for Shuman’s case in April 2019.
Shuman is also facing charges of Class H Felony Take and Drive Vehicle Without Consent, Misdemeanor Resisting or Obstructing, Misdemeanor Bail Jumping, Misdemeanor Endanger Safety/Use/Dangerous Weapon, and Misdemeanor Carry Concealed Weapon in two separate criminal cases.
Lynk appeared most recently on January 25, 2019 for a bail bond hearing. At the time of this post, Lynk’s next court date was not listed in online circuit court record. Lynk has been placed on a $1,000 signature with $100 cash which has been posted.
Shuman appeared for a bail hearing on January 23, 2019 and was placed on a $1,000 cash bail bond by a Court Commissioner. Shuman’s bail was posted a few days later.
Conditions of bail prohibit Shuman and Lynk from having contact with each other or with the Ace Hardware store.
A conviction for Class E Felony Burglary-Arming Self With a Dangerous Weapon carries a potential maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment, a $50,000 fine or both. If convicted of all charges as filed against them, both Lynk and Shuman will face a possible maximum sentence of over 50 years imprisonment.
Due to the fact that the third suspect in this burglary is a minor, information identifying that suspect was not included in the criminal complaint nor was any information regarding any potential court action available in online circuit court record.
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