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Conspirator in Econo Foods burglary pleads guilty

An accomplice in the River Falls Econo Foods burglary last September pled guilty Tuesday to two counts of misdemeanor theft in Pierce County Circuit Court.

Ashley M. Schuh, 21, Mondovi, pled guilty to the counts as part of an agreement. She was originally charged with four counts of credit card fraud, misdemeanor theft and two counts of burglary.

According to the criminal complaint, Schuh caught the eye of law enforcement when she and Joleigha Johnson, 30, were found in a stalled vehicle on Interstate 94 in Eau Claire County the early morning hours of Sept. 20.

Officers on scene were doubtful throughout the entire stop, especially when they asked Schuh to start the car and she said she couldn't because she lost the keys when walking to get help.

A search of the car found two marijuana pipes along with a small plastic bag containing an off-white crystalline substance. As Johnson was being arrested, she said Bradley Reitmann, 35, was with them, but fled when he noticed law enforcement officers were in the area.

Officers opened up the trunk and found a number of unopened liquor bottles and cases of cigarettes as well as identification cards with various names of them. A more thorough search was done later that day and approximately 40 bottles of alcohol, beer, makeup and a checkbook belonging to a River Falls Dollar General employee, who reported she was a theft victim the previous day.

Schuh was interviewed by police and said she and Reitmann went into Econo Foods and stole allegedly 20 to 25 bottles of liquor. The two, along with Johnson, drove to Menomonie where they sold some of the bottles along with make-up. The three went back to Econo Foods where Reitmann stole 15 more bottles of booze.

Surveillance video from Econo Foods showed the same male individual stealing the alcoholic beverages on two separate occasions. River Falls police later learned the approximate value of the stolen items was $1,444.49. Thirty-two of the 38 bottles found in the vehicle turned out to be Econo Foods bottles.

Schuh was placed on two years probation with conditions being restitution (amount to be determined), and completing an alcohol and drug assessment. Schuh may apply for expungment if she completes probation and applies to the Court.

Reitmann and Johnson were charged with the same seven charges along with being charged with burglary and receiving stolen property in a separate incident. Reitmann's plea hearing is scheduled for Monday afternoon while Johnson's is Feb. 7.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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