Oregon police have named two suspects in gun-shop burglaries that occurred in the Dane County village and Janesville on Jan. 31.
The suspects are Armon D. Vaccaro and Jayquan Q. Retelle, both 17 and both from Madison, said Detective Sgt. Chad Schaub of the Oregon police.
Oregon police are looking for a third person in the burglaries, but they would not name him because he is younger than 17, Schaub said.
In Wisconsin, 17-year-old juveniles are charged with crimes as adults.
Schaub would not say why the teens are suspected, citing the need to protect the ongoing investigation.
Janesville police have said surveillance videos show a person or persons of similar description during both burglaries.
Both CTR Firearms in Janesville and Oregon’s Max Creek Outdoors were burglarized in the early morning hours of Jan. 31. Burglars were not able to get into the gun vault at CTR, but they took 17 semi-automatic handguns from Max Creek Outdoors, Schaub said.
One of the guns was found in a stolen vehicle that was involved in a crash Feb. 1 on Madison’s beltline highway, Schaub said.
Madison police reported the car was stolen from Fitchburg, was driven by 16-year-old boy, and the passengers were three girls ages 15, 14 and 12.
Schaub said he has no information connecting these burglaries to the one at Armageddon Supplies gun shop in the town of Janesville on Jan. 29, in which seven handguns were taken.
Schaub said the three suspects could be associated with a group that has committed other burglaries and vehicle thefts in Dane County but wouldn’t say why police believe that.
Oregon and Janesville police continue to cooperate in the investigation, Schaub said.