Two Eau Claire men face burglary charges in Dunn County after authorities say the duo stole items, including an autographed Michael Jordan basketball jersey, from a home abandoned after a fire.
Michael A. Tenney, 33, and Ryan J. Weiss, 38, both of whom reside at 428 Vine St., No. 2, Eau Claire, have been arrested on a probation hold and are being held in the Eau Claire County Jail, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the Dunn County sheriff’s office.
Charges of burglary to a dwelling have been forwarded to the Dunn County district attorney.
Three people were displaced when a house in the Dunn County town of Rock Creek was burned on Oct. 11, said Suzanne Valleau-Schiel. Her daughter Kelsey Schiel had the basketball jersey autographed by Jordan at his Chicago restaurant in 1995, when she was an ailing child. Kelsey Schiel is 28 today.
On Nov. 2 a family member showed up at the burned-out home and saw two men running into the home, said Valleau-Schiel, who lives in suburban Chicago. The men told the family member they were stealing from the site and drove away with a garbage can full of items, the sheriff’s office said.
The signed Jordan jersey remains missing, the sheriff’s office said. Jordan, considered by many to be the best NBA player ever, heard about the theft and replaced the memento.
The sheriff’s office asks anyone with information about the burglary to call 715-232-1564 or at dunncocrimestoppers.com.