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Big bust: Arrests take down rural burglary ring

Posted at 1:45 p.m. on Monday, March 8, 2021

Multi-jurisdictional Investigation Leads to Arrests in Burglary and Drug Ring

The Brillion News

BELLEVUE - A lengthy investigation involving numerous law enforcement agencies in northeast Wisconsin led to multiple arrests and criminal charges in a burglary, theft, drugs, and stolen property investigation.

The Brown County Sheriff's Department said Eric P. Vanduyse (DOB 08-25-1978), Steven R. Vandehei (08-04-1981), Heather A. Barnes (10-04-1975), and others burglarized storage units,

maintenance buildings, and stole from construction sites throughout the region.

The stolen property was primarily traded to Chauncy F. White (07-31-1984) in exchange for

marijuana and methamphetamine.

Search warrants in the Village of Howard (Brown County), Village of Hobart (Brown

County), Town of Rantoul (Calumet County), and Town of Oneida (Outagamie County)

were served as part of this investigation.

The search warrants revealed stolen property, burglary tools, drug paraphernalia, marijuana, and methamphetamine.

Charges have been referred to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Additional criminal charges are likely given the scope of the investigation:

Eric P. Vanduyse (08-25-1978) - Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Burglary (multiple

counts), Theft (multiple counts), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug

Paraphernalia, Bail Jumping, Disorderly Conduct, and Criminal Damage to Property.

{Photo of Vanduyse, BC Jail >>]

Heather A. Barnes (10-04-1975) - Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Burglary (multiple

counts) and Theft (multiple counts)

Tonja J. Maples (05-01-1972) - Harboring a Felon, Obstructing an Officer and Possession

of Drug Paraphernalia.

Chauncy F. White (07-31-1984) - Conspiracy to Commit Burglary and Receiving Stolen


Steven R. Vandehei (08-04-1981) - Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Damage to Property.

If anyone has information concerning this case, please contact Brown County Sheriff’s

Office Sgt. Marc Shield (920-448-4404) or De Pere Police Department Sgt. Steve Yedica

(920-339-4084 Ext. 1208). 

You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for reward by contacting Green Bay Area Crimes Stoppers (non-profit, non-police affiliated, civilian run organization) by phone at 920-432-STOP (7867), through their website at, or by downloading the P3 tip app.


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