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Hunt for rogue Wis. police officer after burglary, car thefts ends in arrest

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Barron County, Wis., sheriff's officials say a Waupun, Wis., police officer wanted for burglarizing a restaurant, stealing two vehicles and leading police on a manhunt across the state has been arrested. 

At about 3:45 p.m., Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told FOX 9 News he was en route to an "active location" regarding the fugitive Lt. Brad Young. At about 5:50 p.m., FOX 9 News confirmed Young was in custody and is en route to the Burnett County Jail.

"It's one of our own," Fitzgerald said prior to the arrest. "He broke the trust. This guy violated trust of police officers, and that makes me want to catch him even more."

Fitzgerald confirmed in a statement that Young was arrested at 5:10 p.m. in connection with several burglaries in Green Lake County and a high speed chase and vehicle theft in Barron County after he called 911 and surrendered himself.

Young was taken into custody with the help of Washburn, Barron, Burnett and Douglas County SWAT teams and the Wisconsin State Patrol and Department of Natural Resources. No one was injured during the apprehension.

Authorities from across the state were alerted to the manhunt after Fitzgerald admitted his investigators had "no idea where he is headed."

According to Fitzgerald, Young was considered to be armed and dangerous, and they asked members of the public to be on the lookout for a white, four-door Nissan Maxima with Wisconsin license plate 480 HGK. Investigators believe Young stole the vehicle sometime on Tuesday morning.

Police are urged residents in the area to keep their doors locked and to call 911 over anything suspicious.

"He has 20 years' experience trying to catch bad guys," Fitzgerald said. "Now, he's the bad guy."

The Green Lake County Sheriff's Office said Young, 43, was dressed in camouflage when he broke into Walkers Kollerville Restaurant in Green Lake, Wis., and was apparently caught in the act at about 1 a.m. on Monday.

Somehow, Young was able to escape on foot and allegedly stole a pick-up truck while fleeing. Police say he set off toward Minnesota but officers caught up with him near Rice Lake, Wis.

Young eluded officers until he crashed the stolen pickup at about 5:30 p.m. during the high-speed chase. Police say he then ditched the pickup and took shelter in a wooded area near 23rd Avenue and 13th Street west of Rice Lake, Wis.

"It's just crazy. Wonder what leads somebody to do something like that -- especially a cop," said Mariah Spenle, who took pictures as SWAT teams descended on her farm in the hopes of cornering Young.

Despite the heavy-duty perimeter, Young escaped again under the cover of darkness. Investigators believe he traveled several miles on foot before he stole the second car.

Police told WEAU-TV he has not used his weapon since 10 p.m. Monday.

Homes within a one-square mile radius in the area were evacuated and police blocked off roads, scouring the area late into the night Monday.

Authorities in Green Lake County are now looking at other unsolved crimes in the area to see if they are linked to Young.

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