The Spring Valley Countryside Coop Cenex store. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
The Spring Valley Countryside Coop Cenex store. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

Submitted by Chief John DuBois, Spring Valley Police Department

SPRING VALLEY, WI – Chief John DuBois of the Spring Valley Police Department released the following information regarding the ongoing investigation by his department and the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, September 12, 2017:

On August 8, 2017, the Village of Spring Valley became aware of unauthorized fuel purchases being made with a police department fuel card that was not known to be in use by current village administration. These inconsistencies were discovered by the Village Clerk, Luann Emerson and reported to Chief John DuBois who then investigated them.

A review of video surveillance cameras at the Cenex Countryside Cooperative in Spring Valley was done with the assistance of the St Croix County Sheriff’s Office. Upon review, Chief DuBois recognized the vehicle as that of a former Spring Valley Officer and current Pierce County Deputy Sheriff. Since the Village of Spring Valley was the victim of the alleged crime and other conflicts, Chief DuBois asked the St Croix Sherriff’s Office to handle the investigation, which they did.

The investigation identified Robby J. Jaeger, 35 of Spring Valley as the suspect and he was interviewed by a St Croix County Investigator at the Spring Valley Police Department. The investigation found total fuel charges of approximately $15,000 over a span of almost 7 years from May 2010-August 2017.

Jaeger was employed by the Village of Spring Valley Police Department from 2005-2012 starting as part time, moving into full time and then back to part time.

The Village of Spring Valley has limited information on the investigation and case since it was handled by the St Croix County Sheriff’s Office.

Editor's note: It has been reported that Jaeger resigned his position as deputy sheriff effective August 24, 2017.