UPDATE: More Charges for 2 in Suspected Central Wis. Theft Ring

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE: Wed 3:22 PM, Mar 5, 2014

Prosecutors have filed more charges against two people suspected of stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from area Wal-marts to trade for drugs.

Last month,Chad Wampole, 41, Leah Luedtke, 34, and Shawnya Goetz, 34, and Jahn Tinglum, 21,were arrested following a theft complaint from Wal-Mart in Plover. Investigators say Goetz and Tinglum attempted to steal more than a $1,000 worth of merchandise, but fled the store when approached by loss prevention.

Now, online court records show two of the suspects are expected to be charged for a similar case in Wood County.

Court documents say Goetz and Tinglum shoplifted thousands of dollars of merchandise from the Wisconsin Rapids Wal-mart on two separate occasions. Investigators say on Jan. 5, the two stole more than $3,000 worth of stuff, including many high-end items. On Jan. 21, Wal-mart employees said the two stole more than $1,600 worth of items.

During an interview with police in Plover one of the suspects said they would steal items in exchange for drugs, specifically heroin and meth.

The two face other related charges in Marathon, Sauk and Juneau counties.

ORIGINAL STORY: Weds 5:56 PM, Feb. 26, 2014

Four people are facing numerous charges after a suspected retail theft ring in Portage County.

Chad Wampole, 41, Leah Luedtke, 34, and Shawnya Goetz, 34, have all been charged with retail theft and drug charges. Another man, Jahn Tinglum, 21, will be charged next month.

According to court documents, the four were arrested Feb. 5 after their vehicle description matched that of a suspect vehicle from a theft complaint at Wal-Mart in Plover. An employee said he saw a man and woman push a car full items out the store, and recognized them as suspects in other theft cases.

Officers were able to obtain surveillance video and recognized the two at Jahn Tinglum and Shawnya Goetz. According to the criminal complaint, the two were suspects in a Dec. 6 theft case.

The suspects' vehicle was stopped a short time later on Stanley Street in Stevens Point.

According to court documents Wampole and Luedtke denied knowing the backseat occupants; Tinglum and Goetz; but said they were giving them rides for a mutual friend.

Jahn and Goetz provided false names to officers during the stop. Both said they were aware warrants had been issued for their arrests.

The items from Wal-mart were not inside the vehicle. Officers learned the two abandoned the cart once they were discovered. Items in the cart were valued to be $1,164.23.

During an interview with police one of the suspects said they would steal items in exchange for drugs, specifically heroin and meth.

Jahn and Goetz are expected to be charged with forgery and bail jumping in Marathon County.

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