Stolen SUV, business burglaries, more vehicle thefts and a dangerous suspect still on the run
River Falls police are working with the sheriff’s departments in Chippewa and Eau Claire counties as they try to catch a male suspect linked to burglaries and vehicle thefts. The burglaries and one theft occurred early Friday morning, June 13, in River Falls.
On Friday evening, a Chippewa County deputy tried to make a traffic stop of a Ford Explorer SUV reportedly stolen that morning in River Falls.
The male suspect crashed the SUV in the woods and fled on foot.
Law enforcement assistance from Eau Claire, including a police department canine unit and air support from the Wisconsin State Patrol, joined in the search. The suspect wasn’t found.
A surveillance photo of the same suspect gassing up earlier in Cadott led to the suspect’s identification as 38-year-old Eric T. “Buck” Hall, a convicted felon released from prison on June 10.
The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department said there were two more stolen vehicles over the weekend and Hall is the suspect.
Hall may have taken guns, including rifle and shotgun, and ammunition from one of the stolen vehicles.
Hall is known to have an ongoing child custody dispute with a former girlfriend in the Eagle River area of Vilas County.
Authorities had this advice: “Please use caution if you encounter Eric Hall. It is obvious (he) is taking whatever actions necessary to avoid apprehension.”
Call 911 for any sightings of Hall. In River Falls, call police at 715-425-0909.
Last Friday, June 13, River Falls police were looking for a stolen 2007 Ford Explorer reported stolen just after 6:30 a.m. from the 300 block of Church Street. The SUV theft was believed tied to a couple of nearby business burglaries that morning.
Those burglaries were at Dick’s Fresh Market, 1121 S. Main St., and Copper Kettle, 1005 S. Main St.
According to River Falls police, a security alarm at Dick’s Fresh Market went off at 3:06 a.m. Friday, June 13.
A morning cleaning person at Copper Kettle called to report the break-in at that restaurant.
Forced entry at both places was done by breaking the glass front door windows. Two door windows were broken at Dick’s.
Cash was taken from Copper Kettle. Apparently nothing was taken from Dick’s.
Store video surveillance of the suspect shows: White male with a dark goatee, in his 20s to 30s, average build, wearing a light-colored, possibly gray, hooded sweatshirt.
Police are asking for anyone to call with information that might help solve these crimes.
Call River Falls police at 715-425-0909. At night or the weekend, those calls are taken by the Pierce County Sheriff’s dispatcher and then referred to police.
To remain anonymous and eligible for a reward, call area Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477