Two Northeast Iowa men, one from Oelwein, the other from Waterloo, face charges in connection to a theft spree at a Wisconsin Wal-Mart Store.

The incident happened early Sunday evening, May 13th, at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Bridgeport Township, just south of Prairie du Chien.

The business reported that there was a theft in progress, of a substantial amount of retail merchandise from the store.
The merchandise was loaded into a car with Iowa license plates, which was stopped a short time later, headed north on Highway 18.

Police recovered about $1400 in merchandise from the car, including cappuccino, a hat, cologne, tool bags, cordless drills, tool sets, walkie talkies, and more.

The passenger, 19 year old Andrew Nagel of Oelwein, was found to have a container of crystal meth, as well as a digital scale and 2 straws to inject the drug. Nagel was arrested on charges of retail theft greater than $500, possession of methamphetamine, possession of meth paraphernalia, and intentionally removing the theft detection devices from store merchandise.

The driver, 45 year old David Smith of Waterloo, was arrested for being party to a crime, receiving stolen property, driving without a license, and having no insurance.

Both men were taken to the Crawford County jail; the investigation continues.


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