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Couple allegedly stole from a Lake Country home then fled to Minnesota

A local couple stands accused of breaking into a Merton home, stealing various items then fleeing north to Minnesota.

Jennifer Merkel, 35, of Hartland, and Mitchell Szepi, 23, of Franklin, were charged Tuesday, Aug. 5, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with burglary of a dwelling and identity theft.

According to the criminal complaint, the home they burgled on July 13 belogned to Merkel's father, and the duo stole cash, credit cards and some jewelery from the residence.

The couple were reportedly caught on tape buying various items at a Target store with the stolen cards.

A Waukesha County deputy traced the pair to a motel in Red Wing, Minn. where they admitted to the crime, according to the complaint.

Merkel and Szepi were then detained by Red Wing police.

No court date will be set for the case until they return to Wisconsin.

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