(Beaver Dam) Two Madison men are accused of stealing two carts full of tools from a Beaver Dam store to fuel their crack cocaine habits. Fifty-one-year-old Scott Brown (right) and 58-year-old William Byrnes (left) each face charges including felony Retail Theft and Bail Jumping.
The pair allegedly walked into Fleet Farm on Monday, loaded up the carts and walked out the front door without paying. They reportedly filled their SUV and quickly fled the scene. Beaver Dam Police conducted a traffic stop on Highway 151, observing stacks of unopened boxes of tools in the back seat as they approached the vehicle.
Authorities also recovered an empty baggie with drug residue and a crack pipe. Scott told officers that he had a drug problem and said he knew people in Madison would purchase the tools for a few hundred dollars. The items, which included power tools like drills and a grinder, were valued at over $1100.
If convicted, the felony retail Theft charge carries a maximum three-and-a-half year prison sentence. Both Brown and Byrnes are being held on $500 cash bonds and the two have preliminary hearings on the calendar in two weeks.