Authorities from Grant and Crawford counties are looking for a 17-year-old Gays Mills teenager connected to two car thefts, one of them outside Platteville, and a series of possible burglaries.
Donald J. Tweedy is accused of stealing a white 1998 Ford Mustang belonging to his mother from a residence at 49480 Iris Dr. in Bell Center, south of Gays Mills, June 3.
Tweedy’s mother, Rose Radabaugh, reported the car stolen around 8 p.m., according to Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigator Ryan Fradette.
Later that night, a vehicle matching the description of Radabaugh’s car was seen at the scene of what the Grant County Sheriff’s Office described as “several attempted burglaries” in Dubuque. Two people then got to Platteville in a car matching the description of the stolen vehicle, where a sheriff’s deputy tried to stop it.
According to the sheriff’s office, a pursuit was terminated after the car crossed into Lafayette County. The car then returned to Grant County, and the car was found abandoned in Platteville early Wednesday morning on East Business 151 near East Mineral Street.
Around 9 p.m., a caller to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office reported seeing two males, whose description matched the occupants of the Mustang, in the Stumptown Road area in the Town of Platteville, west of Platteville. An earlier report noted “suspicious activity” as well northwest of Platteville.
Then, Thursday around 10:30 a.m., a red Chevrolet pickup truck was reported stolen from a residence on Stumptown Road. The truck was recovered in Dubuque Friday, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said “two suspects have been identified, but their identification is being withheld due to the ongoing investigation into this matter.” Crawford County authorities identified Tweedy as a suspect in the theft of the Mustang. They did not identify the other person allegedly in the vehicle on Tuesday and Wednesday, though that person has been located, according to authorities.
Anyone with information on Tweedy’s whereabouts is asked to call the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, 723-2157, Grant County Crime Stoppers, 1-800-789-6600, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, 326-0241, or Crawford County Crime Stoppers, 1-866-779-PAYS.