A 32-year-old Port Washington man arrested recently for stealing items from unlocked, parked vehicles in the city will enter a plea to two misdemeanor charges next week.
Zachry Zirtzlaff, who was charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with misdemeanor theft and resisting an officer, is scheduled to enter his pleas before Judge Paul Malloy at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 16.
According to the criminal complaint, police received a report on March 27 that someone was going through parked vehicles on South Wisconsin Street.
When an officer responded he saw Zirtzlaff kneeling next two several items — including two skateboards, a snowboard, a laptop bag and a small shoulder bag, according to the complaint.
Officer Ryan Hurda turned on his squad car lights and got out of his vehicle, then yelled for Zirtzlaff to stop, the complaint states. Instead, Zirtzlaff, who Hurda recognized, began running toward a nearby creekbed. The officer followed him until he lost sight of the man.
Hurda then went to the nearby Mobil gas station, where a clerk said Zirtzlaff had run into the woman’s restroom. When he left, the clerk said, she found several white pills on the ground and items in the toilet that he apparently tried to flush, the complaint says.
The officer recovered the pills as well as a paper with a pin number for a debit card, according to the complaint.
Hurda then walked along the path Zirtzlaff took and found a wallet, an eyeglass case with cleaning cloths, a prescription bottle for suboxone, a check register, a cell phone charger and lighter, the complaint states.
Hurda arrested Zirtzlaff at his mother’s house, where the officer found two partial wrappers from the suboxone that matched the dosage from the bottle and a large amount of change, the complaint states.