Town of Merrill man arrested on multiple charges
Ellenbecker charges relate to illegal drugs, stolen vehicles, illegal salvage yard
On July 27, 2023, after multiple investigations into an individual operating as an unlicensed salvage dealer, a search warrant was executed in the Township of Merrill in Lincoln County. This was a large property with an immense quantity of vehicles, vehicle parts, and other equipment. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Merrill Police Department, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Central Wisconsin Narcotics Taskforce.
During the search, a stolen vehicle was recovered along with stolen vehicle parts. Indications of tampering with, and removing, VIN tags was discovered in multiple vehicles. The search of the property provided significant evidence of a salvage yard being operated for many years.
Illegal drugs were also located, which included over 140 grams of marijuana, over 50 grams of methamphetamine, and approximately 8 grams of cocaine.
The property owner, Anthony G. Ellenbecker, was arrested for the drug charges and unlicensed salvage dealer along with felon in possession of a firearm.
The investigation is ongoing at this time.