Huh? 2 men were rescued after breaking through ice – then quickly arrested


The two Wisconsin men were just driving around, they told sheriff's deputies. They were out on Lake St. Croix in northwest Wisconsin, a bit south of Superior, Monday morning when their car broke through the ice.

That's a picture of the aftermath, above.

They managed to escape the vehicle and went into an ice shack to stay warm, they told police, before flagging down an angler to help get them to safety.

But authorities say that's not quite what happened. And the two were actually breaking into ice shacks, stealing items.

The details

The Douglas County Sheriff's Department details the incident in a Facebook post.

Authorities were called after the men flagged down the angler, and at the scene found the two suspects being helped off the ice by locals.

Investigators dug into their "just driving around" claims, and found a different story: The men were breaking into ice shacks to steal items, authorities say.

According to the sheriff's office, they snatched a TV, liquor and an ice auger before breaking through the ice and having to be rescued by the locals who they may have been stealing from. The sheriff's office says they admitted to taking the items.

In addition, the vehicle that went into about 6 feet of frigid water? It wasn't the suspects', police say.

It's a 2014 Ford Focus that belongs to a girlfriend of one of the men. The car isn't insured.

Investigators, looking at the vehicle's tracks, think the men became disoriented and ended up on the river flowing out of the lake, which is where they broke through.

Both men are in their 20s and from Solon Springs. They have not been charged yet, but face several counts of burglary.

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