Two of the three men charged in the theft of all-terrain vehicles from a West Kewaunee home have been found guilty.
Joaquin Bengio Ramos Rosado, 30, was sentenced to one year in prison followed by two years of extended supervision, after he pleaded no contest to a felony theft charge during a court hearing on Dec. 21.
He was ordered to pay his share of $1,311.98 in restitution to the property owner. He also must undergo a Department of Corrections assessment and complete any counseling, evaluations and programs that arise from that assessment.
Hector Javier Rodriguez, 33, pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge and is scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 14.
The third defendant and alleged ringleader, Hector Figueroa Alicea, 37, has yet to appear in Kewaunee County Circuit Court.
According to the criminal complaints, the incident began around 2:30 a.m. Sept. 4 when the property owners on Oak Road in the town of West Kewaunee called 911 to report they were watching someone push one of their ATVs down the road with what turned out to be a white box van.
Kewaunee County deputies and Kewaunee city police responded to the scene, and Police Officer Brian Gale spotted the van and turned on his squad car’s lights to get them to stop, the complaint said.
Instead, the vehicle sped away and a chase ensued down westbound state Highway 29 at speeds up to 80-85 mph. The chase ended when the van turned onto Trestle Road and drove into a field, where all three suspects got out of the vehicle. Two ran, and Rodriguez obeyed the officer’s command not to move.
After other officers arrived and took custody of Rodriguez, Gale dispatched his K-9 partner Charlie, who tracked down and apprehended Rosado, the complaint said. Alicea remained at large as of this weekend.
One of the ATVs was recovered in the middle of County Road C, while the defendants apparently pushed the other one out of the moving van during the chase. The complaint said the ATV bounced into a ditch and struck a horse fence along the road.