Cops: Suspect in Baraboo burglaries found shirtless in cornfield
Authorities say the suspect in two Baraboo home burglaries this week was found shirtless in a cornfield wearing one shoe and with several stolen items nearby.
A criminal complaint filed by the Sauk County District Attorney’s Office charges Curtis D. Mallory III, 35, of Babcock, with three felonies, including two counts of burglary and one count of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
The document says on Monday morning — hours after reported home burglaries on Ninth and Fourth streets — someone reported that a person was yelling in a cornfield near the intersection of 12th Street and Highway T.
Officers initially were not able to locate the person. However, with the help of the person who notified authorities, they later found Mallory standing in a ravine. The complaint says he was shirtless, wearing only one shoe, speaking incoherently and shivering while holding his arms up.
“It should be noted that the temperature was freezing at the time,” one of the officers reported.
The officer wrote that Mallory was “not acting quite right,” but it was not clear if he was experiencing some sort of medical or drug-related problem.
Nearby in the field, officers found clothes Mallory had been wearing and some of the items reported stolen in the burglaries, such as headphones, a gold ski helmet and a pair of ski goggles. In a return visit, they found a stolen rifle.
Mallory was admitted to St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo, according to court documents.
The criminal complaint alleges that before he was captured, Mallory broke into two different homes.
In one case, a mother and daughter called police to report a burglary in progress at their Ninth Street home. Officers arrived to find the garage and doors of a nearby Jeep were open.
On the ground, they found an unloaded rifle in a case. They also found a broken glass door that led into the residence, according to the complaint.
Another burglary was reported by a Fourth street resident. The complaint in that case states Mallory was captured on home surveillance video, and that he broke into a room below the garage that had a safe door. He allegedly took various items, including two rifles.
In court Thursday, a judge set a $5,000 signature bond for Mallory and ordered he have no contact with any of the alleged victims.