ADA calls burglary suspect ‘known black market firearms dealer’
WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Bond has been set at $50,000 cash for the third suspect in a burglary at a Marathon County gun store.
Brock Rodhe was charged Wednesday in two separate felony cases.
Authorities say Rodhe, 29, and Issac Tomek, 20, broke into Zinger’s and Flinger’s by smashing out windows Sunday night. Tomek was located a short distance away on foot and was arrested. Rachel Hoeppner, 21, was found nearby driving a getaway vehicle and was also arrested. Both Hoeppner and Tomek appeared in court Tuesday.
Rodhe was arrested Tuesday night and made his first court appearance Wednesday.
Prosecutors said following the burglary, Rodhe entered an unlocked home and stole a vehicle. Court documents state the homeowners were home at the time and believed the breakin occurred after 2 a.m. Investigators state the suspect entered through an unlocked door, stole a set of car keys, opened a garage door and drove away.
The vehicle was spotted around 7 p.m. Tuesday night in Rib Mountain near Stone Ridge Drive. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle after running its plates. The driver parked the car and ran away. A perimeter was set up, and officers said Rodhe was arrested with the assistance of a K9 unit.
Assistant District Hannah Boeck said Rodhe is a flight risk asked the judge for a high bond. She also said Rodhe is one of the area’s known black market firearms dealers and the plan was to steal guns to repay a debt.
Rodhe’s attorney Kat Yanke said Rodhe has ties to the area and had been a former youth counselor.
No injures were report from either case.
Rodhe is expected to learn if his case will head to trial on Nov. 25.
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