Felony Charge Filed For Burglarizing Foreclosed Home

(Lomira) Felony charges have been filed against a mother and her son who are accused of burglarizing their former home. Nathan and Barbara Braunschweig have both been charged with felony Burglary, Transfer of Encumbered Property, Theft of Movable Property and Criminal Damage to Property all as a Party to a Crime.

The Braunschweig’s had acquired the property in Lomira in 1999 and signed a farm security agreement with a bank in Fond du Lac. In 2017 the land was foreclosed on and the bank purchased the property at public auction.

On March 19, a Dodge County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to Super Drive after a report that the Braunschweig’s were there. The officer was informed that the Braunschweig’s could only be on the property if a member of the bank was present.

When the deputy arrived he made contact with both Nathan and Barbara who reportedly became combative when questioned. The two eventually left and the officer had noticed several pieces of farm equipment had been removed. The bank later confirmed the items that were missing.

Through a confidential informant, the deputy was able to track sales of metal scrap pieces at a local recycling company that allegedly listed Nathan on the receipt. Nathan denied any knowledge of the incident and reportedly said he owned everything there.  The value of the missing property totaled just over $5,500.

If convicted on all charges, Nathan and Barbara face up to 28 years in prison. Initial appearances are scheduled for January 14.