Suspects identified in July Vernon County bar burglaries

VIROQUA, Wis. (WKBT) — Authorities in Vernon County identified two men accused of burglaries at three area bars in July.

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office said an investigation pointed to 36-year-old Joseph Hodge of Elroy and 27-year-old Jacob Ruetten of New Lisbon as suspects in burglaries and attempted burglaries of three bars. Rockton Bar in La Farge, Nordic Lanes in Westby and the Tippy Toe Inn in Chaseburg all reported incidents over the course of July 3 and 4.

According to law enforcement, Hodge and Ruetten face charges of burglary, attempted burglary, theft, attempted theft and criminal damage.

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