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Man arrested for burglarizing home of ex-Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls

FOX LAKE, WI (WTAQ) - A Beaver Dam man picked the wrong place to commit a burglary.  

Dodge County authorities said the 45-year-old man entered the home of former Sheriff Todd Nehls in Fox Lake Wednesday -- and Deputy Taylor Nehls, Todd's son, walked in when the burglary was happening.  

Sheriff Pat Ninmann said Taylor was off duty at the time. He stopped by his father's house to get some ice fishing equipment when he caught the burglar, who apparently had the former sheriff's loaded .380 handgun.  

Taylor Nehls held him at gunpoint until officers arrived and completed the arrest. Both Ninmann and the former sheriff commended Taylor for his actions.

Both said the suspect could have easily shot the officer, but Taylor knew exactly what to do. He pushed the suspect against a wall, patted him down, and took the handgun away.  

Taylor had just finished his field training two weeks earlier.  

The former sheriff quoted the burglar as saying he made a big mistake, once he learned whose home he had broken into. He's now in jail awaiting charges.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)