On Friday, December 17, 2004 at 7:32 a.m., the Trempealeau County Sheriff's Department responded to a reported burglary at Keenan's Incorporated, an automobile dealership, located at N36955 US Highway 53/121, two miles north of Whitehall, in the Town of Pigeon. Employees arrived at work to discover forced entry had been made to the building sometime after 8:30 p.m. the previous night. Investigation revealed a total of six pickup trucks were driven off the sales lot after suspects located and removed keys from inside the building.
One pickup truck, a black and gray 2003 GMC Sierra, was driven off the lot to an unknown destination and returned by the suspects. A black fiberglass topper originally installed on this truck was still missing and later recovered from the road ditch near the intersection of County Trunk Highway W and Burma Road in the Town of Pigeon. The remaining missing pickup trucks, two new and four used, are described as follows; 2005 GMC Sierra Extended Cab dark blue in color, 2005 GMC Sierra Extended Cab carbon (almost black) in color, 2001 Chevrolet Silverado Extended Cab maroon in color, 2000 GMC Sierra Extended Cab red and silver in color, and 1996 Chevrolet K1500 Regular Cab white in color. All of the trucks are four-wheel drive models.
A subsequent search conducted by Sheriff's Deputies resulted in the discovery of the remaining pickup trucks in a secluded wooded area located between Country Trunk Highway W and Fly Creek Road in the Town of Pigeon. These trucks were found to have suffered various degrees of structural, body, and mechanical damage as a result of suspects colliding with trees, embankments, and the vehicles themselves. Recovery efforts were hampered due to some of the trucks being found on steep terrain and a heavy density of trees and brush. A damage estimate is not available at this time. Combined value of the trucks was reported by the complainant to be in excess of $100,000.00.
There have been no arrests to date and the Sheriff's Department is continuing its investigation. Anyone who may have observed these pickup trucks being driven, unusual activity at Keenan's or has any other information regarding this case is asked to call the Trempealeau County Sheriff's Department at 715-538-4351 or the Jackson/Trempealeau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-228-3203.