16-year-old boy arrested in Wausau ice cream shop burglary

WAUSAU (WAOW) – A 16-year-old boy was arrested in the burglary of an ice cream stand on Wausau’s west side – just two days after the break in, police said Monday.

And the boy admitted robbing an R Store in a separate incident, Lt. Nathan Cihlar said.

The juvenile was taken into custody Friday afternoon following Wednesday night’s burglary at West Side Tasty Treat on South Third Avenue. A door was damaged and an undisclosed amount of money was stolen.

A worker discovered the incident Thursday morning.

The boy told investigators he "stole a safe but couldn’t get into it and left it somewhere," Cihlar said. The safe has not been recovered.

Police were led to the boy after a review of surveillance video of a break in at the R Store on Bridge Street on June 24. The boy acknowledged he threw a rock through the front window and ran away with cigarettes, Cihlar said.

Law enforcement who have had contacts with the boy recognized him from the video, the lieutenant said.

When confronted with some evidence of shoe treads found at the ice cream shop, the boy admitted his role in that crime, Cihlar said.

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