By Shereen Siewert

A man was arrested early Monday after allegedly breaking into a Merrill-area home with a resident inside, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.

Police were called to the Little Florida mobile home park off Pope Road in the town of Merrill after a woman inside awoke to find a stranger inside her home, officials said. The man was arrested on preliminary charges of burglary, criminal trespassing, possessing stolen property and bail jumping. Additional charges are possible.

Sheriff’s officials say the man had several sets of keys in his possession at the time of his arrest, most of which belonged to the alleged victim whose residence he was in at the time of the arrest. One set of keys, pictured below, did not belong to that victim.

Unclear is whether the keys belong to the suspect or if they were also stolen. Police are asking nearby residents who can identify the keys to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 715-536-6272 and ask for Deputy Zunker.

The name of the suspect has not yet been released.

Keys discovered during a Feb. 21, 2022 break-in. Photo courtesy of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department