Wisconsin Man Arrested in Berea Following Alleged Car Theft

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Officers from the Berea Police Department were called to investigate a disturbance which recently took place at the office of a local vehicle recovery outfit. According to the caller, a man was “talking out of his mind” and trying to retain his truck that had just gotten towed.

Police say that the man, later identified as Michael Wittwer of Wisconsin, was inside the office upon their arrival. Wittwer reportedly stated that he was attempting to sign a check for the tow bill, and that the truck belonged to him because his wife had bought it for him. The citation indicates that Wittwer then seemed to express confusion over the situation.

Upon running the vehicle’s VIN number through a database, it was discovered that the vehicle had recently been reported stolen from a Tennessee car dealership.

Officers detained Wittwer and proceeded to question him. He allegedly told police that he went to Tennessee to pick up the vehicle earlier that morning, but ran out of gas at the Exit 77 Northbound on-ramp on I-75. Officials say that Wittwer stated that his wife paid for the vehicle over the phone, but then apparently claimed he was unsure of his statement.

A reporting agency in Knoxville, Tennessee stated that the vehicle was worth approximately $36,000.

Wittwer was charged with Receiving Stolen Property ($10,000 or More) and lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.