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Police: Series of Eau Claire County thefts netted $250K in a safe

Seven Chippewa Valley residents are accused of being involved in the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cash, jewelry and other items stolen during six residential burglaries in Eau Claire County this summer.

Seven Chippewa Valley residents are accused of being involved in the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cash, jewelry and other items stolen during six residential burglaries in Eau Claire County this summer.

At one of the alleged burglaries, a safe containing at least $250,000 in cash was taken, authorities say.

The suspects are accused of committing or planning the crimes or splitting the money and merchandise taken in the burglaries, authorities say.

The seven charged in Eau Claire County Court: Christopher J. Parker, 24, and Trysa S. Olson, 26, both of 124 Liberty St., Fall Creek; Dale R. Amundson, 32, Barbara A. Hodges, 31, and Amy Wagner, 34, all of 2128 E. Lexington Blvd.; Bethany L. Blume, 29, 851 N. Hastings Way; and Tehran A. Hall, 28, 501 N. Hastings Way.

A total of 28 felony and misdemeanor criminal charges have been filed in the case, including burglary, attempted burglary, receiving stolen property, operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and bail jumping.

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According to the criminal complaint:

The burglaries were committed between June 17 and Aug. 16. An informant told authorities Olson planned the burglaries, which were committed by Parker, her boyfriend.

Hall told authorities Parker kept a notebook in the console of his vehicle listing the residences he planned to burglarize. Hall said he occasionally accompanied Parker when he was casing a house.

The burglaries occurred in the 600 block of Fall Street in Eau Claire; the 4200 block of Cottonwood Drive in the town of Washington; the 200 block of North State Street in Fall Creek; the 1100 and 1200 blocks of Glades Drive in Altoona; and the 3600 block of Briarcrest Drive in Eau Claire.

An SUV and a safe containing $250,000 to $300,000 in cash were taken from one residence, while jewelry and $17,000 in cash were taken from another residence.

Several pieces of jewelry, including one valued at $15,000, were taken from a third residence.

Hall told authorities he, Amundson and Wagner were with Parker when he burglarized the residence with the safe.

Olson told police she received a text message from Parker shortly after that burglary indicating they had "hit it big."

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The safe was opened using a plasma cutter. The money was divided among Parker, Hall, Blume and Hodges.

Blume told police she received $20,000 from the burglary.

Holtz can be reached at 715-833-9207, 800-236-7077 or dan.holtz@ecpc.com .

(c)2011 the Leader-Telegram (Eau Claire, Wis.)

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