Aluminum Piers Stolen from Big Green Lake Properties - WBAY

Aluminum Piers Stolen from Big Green Lake Properties

Green Lake County -

The Green Lake County Sheriff's office says it's discovered who has been stealing Piers near Big Green Lake.

26-year-old Dustin Kono and 29-year-old Adam Baggett each face a number of charges including several counts of theft after authorities say Kono admitted he and Baggett stole aluminum piers from several properties.

Authorities say Dustin Kono and Adam Baggett removed sections of aluminum piers from a handful of properties along the south and southwest edge of Big Green Lake.

Then scrapped them for cash.

"Normally, Green Lake in October, November, there's a lot of activity around the removal of shore stations, piers and the like. And, we think they just blended in with that normal activity," Mark Putzke, Green Lake Co. Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy said.

According to criminal complaint, authorities were able to use descriptions of a suspect vehicle to track down Kono in the vehicle Wednesday where they found nuts and bolts as well as metal recycling receipts.

"We're hearing that they received about $3,000 for the scrap aluminum that they had stolen when the retail value where the value that it sits on the shoreline is about 60-thousand dollars," Putzke said.

Contractors in the area, who remove those piers from the lake, say they're surprised at the volume that was hauled away.

"Some of those are, you know, hundreds of yards of walking, it's not easy to be able to haul that all the way up and around the houses and to a truck and trailer..I just can't believe they weren't noticed when they were doing it," Drew Vandervelde, Shoreline Marine Contracting, said.

The sheriff's office hopes to recover the stolen piers and get them back to their owners.

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