By Joe Bachman
NEKOOSA — Two local residents have been charged with breaking into an office after video surveillance caught them in the act.
According to police reports, on March 3, a call was made to police to report a burglary at an office on the 300 block of North St. in Nekoosa. One of of the doors had been reported to be forced open, with multiple missing items, including a cash box, checks, tax information, and other personal information.
Video surveillance of the office during the time of the burglary revealed two subjects, later identified as 41-year-old David Zerneke, of Nekoosa, and 36-year-old Jamie Davis, of Wisconsin Rapids. The two reportedly spoke about “busting up a building” to an acquaintance later that night.
Zerneke allegedly admitted to the burglary and gave a full confession to police. Davis served as an initial lookout before joining Zerneke inside.
If convicted, both face up to 12 years and six months imprisonment and up to $25,000 in fines. Their next court date has been scheduled for May 3.