26-year-old De Soto man facing charges related to three auto thefts

DE SOTO, Wis. – Sheriff Roy Torgerson reports Colton Allen Frazier, 26, of rural De Soto, was arrested this week on charges related three auto thefts, all in the same area and all within a few hours of each other.

The Sheriff’s office said on Wednesday morning, January 17, at approximately 5:45 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office 911 Dispatch Center received a report that a black Ford F-250 pickup truck had been taken, without consent, from a residence along Will Kumlin Road, approximately one mile northwest of State Highway 82, rural De Soto, Wis., in the town of Wheatland. The caller reported locating the vehicle in the ditch, with minor damage, a short distance from their residence.

At approximately 6:00 AM, the Sheriff’s Office received a second call reporting that a black, 2015 Chevrolet Equinox was missing from another address on Will Kumlin Road, just north of State Highway 82.

At 7:15 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a third call reporting that a black Chevrolet Equinox was found abandoned along Peterson Avenue, southwest of County Road N, rural Viroqua, Wis., in the Town of Sterling. It was quickly determined the abandoned vehicle, found with possible damage from striking a snowbank, was the same vehicle that was reported missing.

During the investigation, it was determined that a third vehicle, a silver, 2013 Chevrolet Silverado K3500 was missing from Peterson Avenue. That vehicle was located by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, in the Village of Gays Mills, at approximately 9:00 AM.

The investigation continued, and with the assistance of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Frazier was taken into custody and transported to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center. In addition to three counts of take and drive a motor vehicle without owner’s consent, Frazier was also booked for three counts of felony bail jumping stemming from similar criminal charges filed in Crawford County Circuit Court, in October 2023, in which Frazier is due back in court on March 8, at 10:00 a.m..

Frazier appeared in Vernon County Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon for a bail hearing, and he was released on a $5,000 signature bond. Frazier is due back in Vernon County Circuit Court on February 7, at 8:30 a.m. for an initial appearance. Formal charges will be sought through Vernon County District Attorney Angela Palmer-Fisher.

The investigation continues and Sheriff Torgerson would like to thank Sheriff Dale Mc Cullick and his staff at the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office for their quick response and assistance.

If you have any information about this crime or any other crime, contact Vernon County Crime Stoppers at 608-637-8477 or You will not ever be asked for you name when contacting Crime Stoppers.

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